Language: German (Deutsch)
Aus dem Walde tritt die Nacht,
Aus den Bäumen schleicht sie leise,
[Schaut]1 sich um [im weitem]2 Kreise,
Nun gib acht.
Alle Lichter dieser Welt,
Alle Blumen, alle Farben
Löscht sie aus und stiehlt die Garben
Weg vom Feld.
Alles nimmt sie, was nur hold,
Nimmt das Silber weg des [Stromes,]3
Nimmt vom Kupferdach des [Domes]4
Weg das Gold.
Ausgeplündert steht der Strauch,
Rücke näher, Seel an Seele;
O die Nacht, mir bangt, sie stehle
Dich mir auch.
Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS
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1 Thuille: "Sieht"
2 Strauss: "in weitem"; Thuille: "im weiten"
3 Strauss: "Stroms"
4 Strauss: "Doms"
Submitted by Lawrence Snyder
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Albert Felix, Graf Amadei (1851 - 1894), "Die Nacht", op. 9 (Sechs Gesänge für 1 mittlere Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 1, published 1886 [medium voice and piano], Leipzig, Senff [ sung text not verified ]
- by Franz Ippisch (1883 - 1958), "Die Nacht", 1935. [voice and piano] [ sung text not verified ]
- by Richard Georg Strauss (1864 - 1949), "Die Nacht", op. 10 (Acht Gedichte aus "Letzte Blätter" von Hermann von Gilm) no. 3 (1882-82). [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Ludwig Wilhelm Andreas Maria Thuille (1861 - 1907), "Die Nacht", op. 12 (Drei Gesänge) no. 2. [ sung text verified 1 time]
- by Ernest Vietor (fl. 1905-1930), "Die Nacht", op. 4 no. 4 (1907?) [ sung text not verified ]
- by Erich Zeisl (1905 - 1959), "Die Nacht", 1931 [baritone and piano], unpublished [ sung text not verified ]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Sílvia Pujalte Piñán) , "La nit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De nacht", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) (Rebecca Plack) , "The night", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "Night", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La nuit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La notte", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Ночь", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)
From the thicket steps the night,
From the trees it steals so softly,
Spreads itself in widened circle,
Now, take care.
All the brightness of the world
All the flowers and the colours,
Quenched are they as sheaves are stolen
From the field.
All is taken that is dear,
Like the silver from the stream
And the copper roof from church
With the gold.
Also plundered is the bush
Ever closer, come belovèd;
For the night I fear may also
Steal you too.
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