by Gabriele von Baumberg (1766 - 1839)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Durch eine ganze Nacht sich nahe seyn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE SPA
Durch eine ganze Nacht sich [nahe]1 seyn,
So Hand in Hand, so Arm [im]2 Arme weilen,
So viel empfinden, ohne mitzutheilen -
Ist eine wonnevolle Pein!

So immer Seelenblick im Seelenblick
Auch den geheimsten Wunsch des Herzens sehen,
So wenig sprechen, und sich doch verstehen -
Ist hohes martervolles Glück!

Zum Lohn für die im Zwang [verschwundne]3 Zeit
Dann bey dem [Morgenstral, warm]4, mit Entzücken
[Sich]5 Mund an Mund, und Herz an Herz [sich]6 drücken -
O dieß ist - Engelseligkeit!

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Confirmed with Sämmtliche Gedichte Gabrielens von Baumberg. Wien, gedruckt bey Joh. Thom. Edl. v. Trattnern, k.k. Hofbuchdrucker und Buchhändler, 1800, page 17; and with Gedichte von Gabriele Batsányi geb. Baumberg. Gedruckt bey J.V.Degen. Wien, 1805, page 34, with the title Schwärmerey and subtitle Nach einem Ball.

1 Schubert: "nah zu"
2 Baumberg (1805 edition): "in"
3 Baumberg (1805 edition): "durchbrachte"
4 Baumberg (1805 edition): "Morgenstrahle"
5 Baumberg (1805 edition): "So"
6 Baumberg (1805 edition): "zu"


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) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De kus in de morgen", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The morning kiss", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le baiser du matin", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Mercedes Vivas) , "El beso matutino", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 81

The morning kiss
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
To be near each other the entire night,
to pass the time hand in hand, arm in arm,
to feel so much that cannot be communicated,
it is a wondrous agony.

Ever to gaze, soul to soul, 
seeing the most secret wishes of the heart,
to speak so little and understand so much,
it is a lofty, martyring happiness.

As reward for the time that has disappeared in this compulsion,
then, is warmly, with delight, at daybreak
to press mouth to mouth, and heart to heart -
o this is - angelic bliss!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 93