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Die Sommernacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Wenn der Schimmer von dem Monde nun herab
[In]1 die Wälder sich ergießt, und Gerüche
Mit den Düften von der Linde
In den Kühlungen wehn;

  So umschatten mich Gedanken an das Grab
[Der]2 Geliebten, und ich seh' [in dem]3 Walde
Nur es dämmern, und es weht mir
Von der Blüthe nicht her.

  Ich genoß einst, o ihr Todten, es mit euch!
Wie umwehten uns der Duft und die Kühlung,
Wie verschönt warst von dem Monde,
Du, o schöne Natur!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, page 234; and with Oden von Klopstock. WIEN, gedruckt bey Joh. Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, k.k. Hofdruckern und Buchhändlern. 1784, pages 218-219.

1 Schubert (first version): "Auf"
2 Schubert: "Meiner"
3 Schubert: "im"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Melanie Trumbull and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La nit d'estiu", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De zomernacht", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The summer night", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The summer night", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La nuit d'été", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The summer night

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When the gleam of the moon now flows down
on the wood, and the scents
in the breezes from the linden trees
blow in the coolness:

So shadows surround my thoughts of the grave
of my beloved, and I see in the wood
only twilight, and the breezes do not
send me scents from the blossoms.

I enjoyed it once with you, O Dead ones!
How the scents and the cool breezes blew about us,
how beautiful the moon was,
and you, O fair Nature!


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock (1724 - 1803), "Die Sommernacht", written 1766 CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Christoph Willibald von Gluck, Richard Heuberger, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Hans Georg Nägeli, Christian Gottlob Neefe, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

 

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:37
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