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Walpurgisnacht

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

Liebe Mutter, heut' Nacht heulte Regen und Wind.
»Ist heute der erste Mai, liebes Kind.«

Liebe Mutter, es donnerte auf dem Brocken droben. 
»Liebes Kind, es waren die Hexen oben.« 

Liebe Mutter, ich möcht keine Hexen sehn.
»Liebes Kind, es ist wohl schon oft geschehn.«

Liebe Mutter, ob wohl im Dorf Hexen sind?
»Sie sind dir wohl näher, mein liebes Kind.«

Liebe Mutter, worauf fliegen die Hexen zum Berg?
»Liebes Kind, auf dem Rauche von heissem Werg.« 

Liebe Mutter, worauf reiten die Hexen zum Spiel?
»Liebes Kind, sie reiten auf'nem Besenstiel.«

Liebe Mutter, ich sah gestern im Dorf viel Besen.
»Es sind auch viel Hexen auf'm Brocken gewesen.«

Liebe Mutter, 's hat gestern im Schornstein geraucht.
»Liebes Kind, es hat Einer das Werg gebraucht.«

Liebe Mutter, in der Nacht war dein Besen nicht zu Haus.
»Liebes Kind, so war er zum Blocksberg hinaus.«

Liebe Mutter, dein Bett war leer in der Nacht.
»Deine Mutter hat oben auf dem Blocksberg gewacht.«


Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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Submitted by Lawrence Snyder

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It is based on

  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Wilhelm Häring (1798 - 1871), "Walpurgisnacht", appears in Balladen, first published 1836 DUT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms. Go to the text.

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

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

  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) , "Walpurgis Night", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Nuit de Walpurgis", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Notte di Valpurga", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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