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Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht,
Das Leben ist der schwüle Tag.
Es dunkelt schon, mich schläfert,
Der Tag hat mich müd gemacht.

Über mein Bett erhebt sich ein Baum,
Drin singt die junge Nachtigall;
Sie singt von lauter Liebe -
Ich hör es sogar im Traum.


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE FRE GRE HEB ITA SPA SWE

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "Death is the cool night", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English [singable] (Daniel Platt) , "O Death, that is the cooling night", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Milla Valkeasuo) , "Kuolema on kylmä yö", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) (Ελενη Θεοδωριδου) , "Ο θάνατος είναι η κρύα νύχτα", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "המוות דומה ללילה הקריר", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La morte è una notte fresca", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Sergio Sarano) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Oh, death it is the cold, cold night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh, death it is the cold, cold night,
And life it is the sultry day;
['Tis]1 growing dusk, I am drowsy--
The long, long day has tired me quite.
 
Over my bed there arches a tree;
There sings the early nightingale--
She sings of love [all the livelong night]2;
Her song comes even in my dreams [to me]3.


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Confirmed with Poems and Ballads by Heinrich Heine done into English verse by Theodore Martin, C.B., Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, MDCCCLXXVII (1877), page 181.

1 Allitsen: "It is"
2 Allitsen: "the whole night long"
3 omitted by Allitsen.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 87, first published 1826/7 DUT FIN FRE GRE HEB ITA SPA FRE SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Károly Aggházy, Frances Allitsen, Albert Felix, Graf Amadei, Fritz Arlberg, Gary Bachlund, Victor Emanuel Bendix, Walter Michael Berten, Leo Blech, Heinrich Böie, Johannes Brahms, Stephanie Brand-Vrabely, Gräfin Wurmbrand, Th. Bredsdorff, Otto Breve, August Bungert, Robert Caby, Peter Cornelius, Hermann Drechsler, Edward Baxter Felton, Gustav Adolf Fischer, Ernst Frank, Leo Franz, Paul Geisler, J. von Harder, Ch. de Harrack, Gustav Hasse, Robert Hermann, Caspar René Hirschfeld, Wilhelm Killmayer, Arno Kleffel, Otto Klemperer, Armin Knab, Max Kowalski, M. J. Kremer, Samuel de Lange, Rued Langgaard, Eduard Lassen, F. Lemmer, Henk Luymes, Siegfried Matthus, Erkki Gustaf Melartin, Erik Meyer-Helmund, Max Reger, Adolf Reichel, Chr. Ricard, Louis Sauguer, Apolinary Scheluta, Johannes Schild, Carl Julius Schmidt, Nikolay Vladimirovich Shcherbachev, Hedwig Sonntag, Fritz Steinbach, Nisse Strandberg, Friedrich Hieronymus Truhn, Carl Turban, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Konstantin Petrovich Vil'boa, Karl Weigl, Healey Willan. Go to the text.

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