by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Gabriel Rosenstock

Da nachts wir uns küßten, o Mädchen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE GRE IRI
Da nachts wir uns küßten, o Mädchen,
hat keiner uns zugeschaut.
Die Sterne, die standen am Himmel,
wir haben den Sternen getraut.

Es ist ein Stern gefallen,
der hat dem Meer uns verklagt,
da hat das Meer es dem Ruder,
das Ruder dem Schiffer gesagt.

Da sang [der selbige]1 Schiffer
es seiner Liebsten vor.
Nun singen's auf Straßen und Märkten
die [Knaben und Mädchen]2 im Chor.3

R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-3

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1 Zierau: "derselbe"
2 Zierau: "Mädchen und Knaben"
3 Humperdinck adds:
Sie singen von unsrer Liebe,
von Wellen und Sternenlicht.
Lass Liebste, sie singen und raunen:
wir küssen und hören sie nicht!
An English translation by Malcolm Wren follows for that stanza:
They are singing of our love,
of waves and starlight.
My love, let them sing and whisper:
we shall kiss and not hear them!


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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 Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verklikte liefde", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Betrayed love", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

An oíche a phóg'mar, a stóirín
Language: Irish (Gaelic)  after the German (Deutsch) 
An oíche a phóg'mar, a stóirín
gan finné ar bith ar an scéal.
Na réaltaí 'na seasamh sna flaithis
is chreideamar iontu gach réalt.

Bhí réalt amháin is thit sí
is dhein leis an muir gearán,
d'inis an mhuir é don stiúir
tá an scéal ag captaen an bháid.

Is d'inis an captaen céanna
an scéal dá shearcleannán
is is clos ar shráid is ar mhargadh
ag[e] madraí an bhaile an gearán.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Irish (Gaelic) copyright © 2016 by Gabriel Rosenstock.

    This author's work falls under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Creative Commons license.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 72