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Rosen brach ich nachts mir am dunklen Hage; Süßer hauchten Duft sie als je am Tage; Doch verstreuten reich die bewegten Äste Tau, der mich näßte. Auch der Küsse Duft mich wie nie berückte, Die ich nachts vom Strauch deiner Lippen pflückte: Doch auch dir, bewegt im Gemüt gleich jenen, Tauten die Tränen.
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- by Hans Schmidt (1854 - 1923), "Gereimte sapphische Ode", appears in Gedichte und Übersetzungen, in In antiker Form, Offenbach, no date [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897), "Sapphische Ode", op. 94 (Fünf Lieder für 1 tiefe Stimme -- für 1 hohe Stimme mit Pianoforte) no. 4 (1884), published 1884 [ low voice or high voice and piano ], Berlin, Simrock [sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Sapphische ode", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English [singable] (Peter Low) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2019
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ode saffica", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 53
Roses that I plucked in the midnight garden smelt more sweet than in any daylight hour; but there fell down from the moving branches dew, as a gentle shower. So the kiss I plucked in the darkness boldly out-perfumed the sweetest blooms I knew. And so moved were you that I felt on my shoulder teardrops like a gentle dew.
About the headline (FAQ)Translation of title "Sapphische Ode" = "Ode in Sapphic metre"
- Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2015 by Peter Low, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Hans Schmidt (1854 - 1923), "Gereimte sapphische Ode", appears in Gedichte und Übersetzungen, in In antiker Form, Offenbach, no date
This text was added to the website: 2015-11-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 60