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Wellen blinkten durch die Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wellen blinkten durch die Nacht,
Blass der Mond am Himmel stand,
Mägdlein saß an Ufers Rand,
Hielt bei ihren Leinen Wacht,
Sang in leisen Melodein
In die weite Nacht hinein:

Bleiche, bleiche weisses Lein,
In des stillen Mondes Hut!
Bist du bleich, dann bist du gut,
Bist du bleich, dann bist du rein,
Bleiche, bleiche weisses Lein!
Bleich muss alles Ende sein.

Sonne gibt zu lichten Schein,
Läßt dem Herzen keine Rast;
Ist der Tag nur erst erblasst,
Wird das Herz auch ruhig sein.
Bleiche, bleiche weisses Lein!
Bleich muss alles Ende sein.

War ein töricht Mägdelein,
Rot und frisch mein Angesicht;
Rote Wangen taugen nicht,
Locken Unglück nur herein.
Bleiche, bleiche weisses Lein!
Bleich muss alles Ende sein.

Eile dich und bleiche fein!
Hab' ja treu gewartet dein;
Legt man mich ins Grab hinein,
Deck' in Frieden mein Gebein!
Bleiche, bleiche weisses Lein!
Bleich muss alles Ende sein!


Translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FRE

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R. Schumann sets stanzas 2-5

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Authorship


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by Julie Baroni-Cavalcabó, Ernest Fritsch, Joseph Rheinberger, Louis [Ludwig] Spohr.

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Corien Sleeswijk) , "Nachtlied van een bleekster", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtlied van de bleekster", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Night Song of the Bleaching Girl", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de nuit de la blanchisseuse", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2007-02-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:20
Line count: 30
Word count: 149

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Nachtlied van de bleekster

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Golven glansden in de nacht,
Bleek stond de maan in 't hemelland,
't Meisje zat op de oeverrand,
Hield daar bij haar was de wacht,
Zong op zacht gedragen toon
Door de wijde nacht zo schoon:
 
Bleek maar, bleek maar, linnen fijn,
Onder 't oog der stille maan!
Ben je bleek, dan kan ik gaan,
Ben je bleek, dan ben je rein.
Bleek maar, bleek maar, linnen fijn,
Bleek moet van1 alles 't einde zijn.
 
Zonlicht geeft te felle schijn,
Laat het hart te weinig rust;
Is de dag straks uitgeblust,
Zal het hart ook rustig zijn.
Bleek maar, bleek maar, linnen fijn,
Bleek moet van alles 't einde zijn.
 
'k Was een dom, onnozel wicht,
Mijn gezicht was rood en fris;
Rode wangen, dat is mis,
't Ongeluk verschijnt dan licht.
Bleek maar, bleek maar, linnen fijn,
Bleek moet van alles 't einde zijn.
 
Haast je wat en bleek nu fijn!
'k Heb, ja, trouw op je gelet;
Legt men mij in 't dodenbed,
Laat mij dan in vrede zijn.
Bleek maar, bleek maar, linnen fijn,
Bleek moet van alles 't einde zijn.


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Text added to the website: 2013-06-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:14
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Word count: 184