Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Nächtliche Scheu
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Zaghaft vom Gewölk ins Land
    fließt des Lichtes Flut
aus des Mondes bleicher Hand,
    dämpft mir alle Glut.

Ein verirrter Schimmer schwebt
  durch den Wald zum Fluß,
  und das dunkle Wasser bebt
      unter seinem Kuß.

Hörst du, [Lieb]1? die Welle lallt:
      küsse, küsse mich!
Und mit zaghafter Gewalt,
    [Bleiche küss']2, ich dich.

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Confirmed with Richard Dehmel, Erlösungen. Gedichte und Sprüche, Zweite Ausgabe, durchaus verändert, Berlin: Verlag von Schuster & Loeffler, 1898, page 137

1 Webern: "Herz"
2 Webern: "Mädchen, küsse"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Timidesa nocturna", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Nighttime timidity", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Appréhension nocturne", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Jeroen Scholten , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 52

Nighttime timidity
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tentatively from the clouds into the land
    flows the flood of light
from out the moon’s pale hand,
    damping all my fervour.

A stray shimmer wafts
  through the forest to the river,
  and the dark water trembles
      at its kiss.

Do you hear, [love]1? the wave babbles:
      kiss, kiss me!
And with tentative force,
    [Pale one,]2 I kiss you.

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1 Webern: "heart"
2 Webern: "Maiden"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2017 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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This text was added to the website: 2017-10-17
Line count: 12
Word count: 59