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Um Mitternacht ging ich, nicht eben...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Um Mitternacht ging ich, nicht eben gerne,
Klein kleiner Knabe, jenen Kirchhof hin
Zu Vaters Haus, des Pfarrers; Stern an Sterne
Sie leuchteten doch alle gar zu schön;
    Um Mitternacht.

Wenn ich dann ferner in des Lebens Weite
Zur Liebsten mußte, mußte, weil sie zog,
Gestirn und Nordschein über mir im Streite,
Ich gehend, kommend Seligkeiten sog;
    Um Mitternacht.

Bis dann zu letzt des vollen Mondes Helle
So klar und deutlich mir ins Finstere drang,
Auch der Gedanke willig, sinnig, schnelle
Sich ums Vergangne wie ums Künftige schlang;
    Um Mitternacht.

Translation(s): ENG FRE SPA

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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):

  • SPA Spanish (Español) (José Miguel Llata) , title 1: "A medianoche", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "At midnight", copyright © 2013
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "À minuit", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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Word count: 90

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A medianoche

Language: Spanish (Español) after the German (Deutsch)

A medianoche caminé, contra mi voluntad, 
siendo niño, bordeando el cementerio hacia 
la casa de mi padre, el párroco. Una constelación de estrellas 
centelleaba alrededor llena de belleza.
    A medianoche.
Cuando más tarde, en mi vida, 
tuve que ir tras de mi amada, seguirla en su camino,
Iba con los astros y la aurora boreal compitiendo 
sobre mi en la bóveda celeste, aspirando la dicha venidera.
    A medianoche.
Hasta el final, la luz de la luna llena, 
con claridad y nitidez me atravesaba en la oscuridad.
Mis pensamientos gratos, oportunos, raudos
me llevaban al pasado y al futuro.
    A medianoche.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2013 by José Miguel Llata, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Um Mitternacht" ENG FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Benjamin Britten, Ernst Pepping, Karl Friedrich Zelter, Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-04-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:10
Line count: 15
Word count: 100