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Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Die Höh'n und Wälder schon steigen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Die Höh'n und Wälder [schon]1 steigen
Immer tiefer in's Abendgold;
Ein Vöglein [frägt]2 in den Zweigen
Ob es Liebchen grüssen sollt'?

O Vöglein, du hast dich betrogen,
Sie wohnet nicht mehr im Tal,
Schwing' [auf dich]3 zum Himmelsbogen,
Grüss' sie droben zum letztenmal.

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1 omitted by Zemlinsky.
2 Franz: "fragt" (typo?)
3 Randhartinger: "dich auf"


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) , "Bona nit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Bonne nuit", copyright © 2011, (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: 8
Word count: 43

The heights and forests already climb
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The heights and forests already climb
Ever deeper into the evening gold;
A little bird asks in the branches
Whether it should greet [its] sweetheart?

Oh little bird, you have deceived yourself,
She lives no more in the valley,
Soar upon heaven’s vault,
Greet her up there [for the] last time.

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Translations of title(s):
"Gut' Nacht" = "Good night"
"Die Höh'n und Wälder schon steigen" = "The heights and forests already climb"
"Gute Nacht" = "Good night"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2019 by Garrett Medlock, (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: 2019-01-03
Line count: 8
Word count: 51