by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation Singable translation by John Sullivan Dwight (1813 - 1893)

Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
   Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen,
Wandeln droben bang und sacht,
Daß sie nicht die Erde wecken
Die da schläft im Schoß der Nacht.
 
   Horchend stehn die stummen Wälder,
Jedes Blatt ein grünes Ohr!
Und der Berg, wie träumend streckt er
Seinen Schattenarm hervor.
 
   Doch was rief [dort]1? In mein Herze
Dringt der Töne Widerhall.
War es der Geliebten Stimme,
Oder [nur]2 die Nachtigall?

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun., [no year], page 251

1 Franz, Wolf: "es"
2 Franz, Wolf: "war's"

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

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by J. Carpenter ; composed by Franz Wilhelm Abt.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Edgar Alfred Bowring (1826 - 1911) , appears in The Poems of Heine Complete, first published 1861 ; composed by William Henry Berwald.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Nicolae Bretan.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Alfred Heller.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Constantin Silvestri.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Alma Strettell (1856 - 1939) , "Güldne Sternlein schauen nieder", appears in Poems Selected from Heinrich Heine, ed. by Kate Freiligrath Kroeker, London: Walter Scott, Limited, page 201, first published 1887 ; composed by George Frederick Boyle, Percy Victor Sharman.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Bernardino Zendrini (1839 - 1879) ; composed by Guglielmo Andreoli.
  • Also set in Romanian (Română), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Nicolae Bretan.

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

  • ENG English [singable] (John Sullivan Dwight) , "Stars with little golden feetlet"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Stelle dalle zampette d'oro", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

Stars with little golden feetlet
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Stars with little golden feetlet
Softly move and dim their light,
Lest the sleeping earth should waken
In the dewy lap of night.
 
Listening stand the woods around me,
Ev'ry leaflet owns the charm,
And the mountain dreaming yonder
Stretches out his shad'wy arm.
 
But what says it? Tuneful echoes
Gently spread along the vale,
Is't the voice of my beloved?
Or, perhaps, the nightingale.

From a Franz score.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2016-06-08
Line count: 12
Word count: 65