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Da nachts wir uns küßten, o Mädchen

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Da nachts wir uns küßten, o Mädchen,
hat keiner uns zugeschaut.
Die Sterne, die standen am Himmel,
wir haben den Sternen getraut.

Es ist ein Stern gefallen,
der hat dem Meer uns verklagt,
da hat das Meer es dem Ruder,
das Ruder dem Schiffer gesagt.

Da sang der selbige Schiffer
es seiner Liebsten vor.
Nun singen's auf Straßen und Märkten
die Knaben und Mädchen im Chor.1

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE GRE IRI RUS

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R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-3

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1 Humperdinck adds: "Sie singen von unsrer Liebe, / von Wellen und Sternenlicht. / Lass Liebste, sie singen und raunen: / wir küssen und hören sie nicht!" ... English translation (Malcolm Wren): They are singing of our love, / of waves and starlight. / My love, let them sing and whisper: / we shall kiss and not hear them!"

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Based on
Based on
  • a text in Greek (Ελληνικά) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Ὁ ἒρωτας φανερωμένος", collected by N. G. Politis around 1900; this is text no. 124 of a selection of

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verklikte liefde", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Betrayed love", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:24

Line count: 12
Word count: 66

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Στο φίλημα νύχτα, γλυκιά μου

Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) after the German (Deutsch)

Στο φίλημα νύχτα, γλυκιά μου,
Κανείς δεν μας έχει δει.
Τ’ αστέρια στα ύψη απάνου,
Τα έχουμε εμπιστευτεί.

Αστέρι πέφτει κάτω,
Για να το πει στο γιαλό,
Κουπί θα βρει το μαντάτο,
Και θα το πει στο ναυτικό.

Το κάνει αυτός μελωδίες
Στην αγαπητικιά,
Που ψέλνουν παιδιών χορωδίες
Σε δρόμους, πλατείες γλυκά.

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Alternate translation for last two stanzas:
Τ’ αστέρι που ’χει πέσει,
Μας πρόδωσε στο γιαλό,
Και το κουπί το μαθαίνει,
Για να το πει στο ναυτικό.

Τραγούδι αυτός το φέρνει
Στην αγαπητικιά,
Στην πόλη το ψέλνουν με κέφι
Κορίτσια κι αγόρια μικρά.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Greek (Ελληνικά) copyright © 2012 by Christakis Poumbouris, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838), "Verratene Liebe (Neugriechisch)", written 1827, appears in Lieder und lyrisch epische Gedichte DUT ENG ENG FRE FRE GER GER IRI RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich, Freiherr von Bach, as Heinrich Molbe, John Böie, August Conradi, Peter Cornelius, Gustav Hasse, Engelbert Humperdinck, Henning Karl Adam von Koss, Franz Krinninger, Hermann Levi, Franz Otto, Carl Piutti, Robert Schumann, Nic. Thauret, Wilhelm Moritz Vogel. Go to the text.

Based on
Based on
  • a text in Greek (Ελληνικά) from Volkslieder (Folksongs) , "Ὁ ἒρωτας φανερωμένος", collected by N. G. Politis around 1900; this is text no. 124 of a selection of


Text added to the website: 2012-10-05 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:04

Line count: 12
Word count: 52