by Johann Karl Unger (1771 - 1836)

Die Nachtigall
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Bescheiden verborgen im [buschigen]1 Gang
Erhob Philomele den Zaubergesang,
Er schildert der Treue [entzückenden]2 Lohn
In hallenden Schlägen, im wirbelnden Ton.

[Bald]3 gleitet die Stimme aus [sanfterer]4 Brust,
Als Hauch der Gefühle, als Zeuge der Lust;
Ach [horch!]5 wie der Seufzer der Sehnsucht verhallt,
Wenn lieblicher Einklang der Seelen erschallt.

So, [Freundinn! ertönte dein]6 himmlisches Lied,
[Als Cynthia traulich]7 die Finsterniß schied,
Es wehte [mir Frieden mit]8 wonnigen Schmerz
Aus Schwingen der [Laute]9 ins fühlende Herz.

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Confirmed with J. Carl Ungers Lieder. Nach geahmt oder Von ihm selbst gedichtet und in Musick gesetzt, pages 21-22.

Note: Unger's poem has not been published in print. The above source is a manuscript music book in Unger's own hand, preserved in a British private collection.

1 Schubert: "buschichten"
2 Schubert: "beglückenden"
3 Schubert: "Sanft"
4 Schubert: "schwellender"
5 Schubert: "horcht,"
6 Schubert: "Freunde, verhallte manch"
7 Schubert: "Wenn Cynthias Feuer"
8 Schubert: "mit Frieden uns"
9 Schubert: "Töne"

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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) , "El rossinyol", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De nachtegaal", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The nightingale", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le rossignol", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Thierry Morice , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 76