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Drunten auf der Gassen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Drunten auf der Gassen 
Stand ich, sein zu passen;
Schlugen Nachtigallen 
An den Fenstern allen,
Und ich blieb alleine 
Bei der Blitze Scheine,
Bis die Nacht gewichen,
Und da bin ich frierend heimgeschlichen.

Über meine Wangen 
Ist der Tau gegangen,
Und nun lös' ich stille 
Meiner Locken Fülle.
Daß ein Sturm erginge,
Sich darein verfinge,
Mich zum Himmel trüge --
Weit hinweg von dieser Welt der Lüge!

Translation(s): ENG

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "I stood below in the lane", copyright ©

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
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Word count: 66

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I stood below in the lane

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I stood below in the lane
to please him;
the nightingales were singing 
in all the windows
and I stayed there alone 
in the glare of the lightning,
until night gave way
and then I snuck home, freezing.

The dew is now gone 
from my cheeks
and I have loosened 
my abundant curls.
Would that a storm had come,
caught me up in itself,
and bore me off to heaven,
far away from this world of lies!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914), no title, appears in Gedichte, in Jugendlieder, in Mädchenlieder, no. 3
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, Mary Clement, née Mary Wilcken, Robert Emmerich, Alexander von Fielitz, Otto Frommel, Heinrich , Freiherr von Herzogenberg, Eugen Hildach, Adolf Jensen, Robert Kahn, Paul Klengel, Theodor Raillard, Georg Schumann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:33
Line count: 16
Word count: 77