by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)

I arise from dreams of thee
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
I arise from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright:
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
[Has]1 led me - who knows how?
To thy chamber window, Sweet!

The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream -
The Champak odours fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart; -
As I must die on thine,
O belovèd as thou art!

Oh lift me from the grass!
I die! I faint! I fail!
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.
My cheek is cold and white, alas!
My heart beats loud and fast; -
Oh! press it to thine own again,
Where it will break at last.

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1 Delius: "Hath"

Authorship

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 German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Hermann Schneider (1860 - 1930) , "Mich erweckt ein süßer Traum" ; composed by Émile Antoine Bruguière.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Max Wilhelm Karl Vogrich.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Erkki Gustaf Melartin.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Roberto Ascoli ( flourished 1891-1930 ) ; composed by Ottorino Respighi.

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Řádky k indické melodii"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Indische Serenade", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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