by Johann Karl Unger (1771 - 1836)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die Nachtigall
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Bescheiden verborgen im [buschigen]1 Gang
Erhob Philomele den Zaubergesang,
Er schildert der Treue [entzückenden]2 Lohn
In hallenden Schlägen, im wirbelnden Ton.

[Bald]3 gleitet die Stimme aus [sanfterer]4 Brust,
Als Hauch der Gefühle, als Zeuge der Lust;
Ach [horch!]5 wie der Seufzer der Sehnsucht verhallt,
Wenn lieblicher Einklang der Seelen erschallt.

So, [Freundinn! ertönte dein]6 himmlisches Lied,
[Als Cynthia traulich]7 die Finsterniß schied,
Es wehte [mir Frieden mit]8 wonnigen Schmerz
Aus Schwingen der [Laute]9 ins fühlende Herz.

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Confirmed with J. Carl Ungers Lieder. Nach geahmt oder Von ihm selbst gedichtet und in Musick gesetzt, pages 21-22.

Note: Unger's poem has not been published in print. The above source is a manuscript music book in Unger's own hand, preserved in a British private collection.

1 Schubert: "buschichten"
2 Schubert: "beglückenden"
3 Schubert: "Sanft"
4 Schubert: "schwellender"
5 Schubert: "horcht,"
6 Schubert: "Freunde, verhallte manch"
7 Schubert: "Wenn Cynthias Feuer"
8 Schubert: "mit Frieden uns"
9 Schubert: "Töne"

Authorship

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) , "El rossinyol", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De nachtegaal", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The nightingale", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le rossignol", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Thierry Morice , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-02-01 10:54:41
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The nightingale
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Modestly concealed along the bushy path,
Philomela began her magical song;
It tells of the [enchanting]1 reward of faithfulness
In resounding jugging, in swirling tones!

[Soon]2 her voice glides out of her [more gentle]3 breast
As a breath of feeling, as a witness to joy;
Ah, listen how the sigh of longing dies away
When lovely unity of souls rings out.

Thus, [Beloved! your heavenly song rang out]4,
[When Cynthia devotedly]5 parted the darkness,
[Along with peace, it wafted blissful pain into the feeling]6 heart
From the vibrations of [the lute]7.

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1 Schubert: "exhilarating"
2 Schubert: "Gently"
3 Schubert: "swelling"
4 Schubert: "friends, many a heavenly song died away"
5 Schubert: "When Cynthia's fire"
6 Schubert: "Peacefully, it wafted blissful pain into our"
7 Schubert: "musical sounds"

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Sharon Krebs, (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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Text added to the website: 2013-10-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-10-17 10:27:50
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Word count: 91