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Dennoch singt die Nachtigall

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

Glühend sticht der Strahl der Sonne.
Schweigen herrscht im weiten All,
nicht ein leises Lüftchen reget sich; --
dennoch singt die Nachtigall.

Immer droh'nder türmt am Himmel
sich empor ein grauer Wall.
Schwüle drückt die Blumen nieder; --
dennoch singt die Nachtigall.

Brausend kommt der Sturm geflogen,
wirbelt sich den Staub zum Ball,
wirft ihn heulend in die Lüfte; --
dennoch singt die Nachtigall.

Aus dem dunkeln Schoß der Wolke
zuckt der Blitz, im Widerhall
rollt der Donner durch die Berge; --
dennoch singt die Nachtigall.

Translation(s): ENG

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Note: this is a much looser translation than Kertbeny's.

Submitted by Earl Rosenbaum


Based on
  • a text in Hungarian (Magyar) by Sándor Petőfi (1823 - 1849), written 1846
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Nicolae Bretan. 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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Nevertheless the nightingale sings", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2012-06-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:33
Line count: 16
Word count: 82

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Nevertheless the nightingale sings

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Burningly the sunbeam stings.
Silence reigns in the wide expanse,
Not a quiet breeze is moving; --
Nevertheless the nightingale sings.

Ever more threateningly in the sky
A grey bank [of clouds] piles up.
Sultriness presses down the flowers; --
Nevertheless the nightingale sings.

The storm comes aflying with a roar,
It whirls the dust into a ball to play with,
With a howl, it throws [the ball] into the winds; --
Nevertheless the nightingale sings.

From the dark interior of the cloud
Lightening streaks, in echo
Thunder rolls through the mountains; --
Nevertheless the nightingale sings.

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Based on
Based on
  • a text in Hungarian (Magyar) by Sándor Petőfi (1823 - 1849), written 1846
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Nicolae Bretan. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-10-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:21
Line count: 16
Word count: 93