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Auf der Bank im Walde han sich gestern zwei geküßt. Heute kommt die Nachtigall und holt sich, was geblieben ist. Das Mädchen hat beim Scheiden die Zöpfe neu sich aufgesteckt... Ei, wie viel blonde Seide da die Nachtigall entdeckt! Den Schnabel voller Fäden, kehrt Nachtigall nach [Haus]1 und legt das zarte Nestchen mit ihrem Golde aus. Freund Nachtigall, Freund Nachtigall, so bleib's in allen Jahren! Mir werd' ein Schnäblein voll Gesang, dir eins voll Liebchens Haaren!
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1 Reger: "Haus zurück"
- by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914), "Anmutiger Vertrag", appears in Auf vielen Wegen, in Zwischenstück [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ernst Isler (1879 - 1944), "Auf der Bank im Walde", published 190-? [tenor and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Robert Kahn (1865 - 1951), "Anmuthiger Vertrag", op. 31 (Neun Lieder nach Gedichten von Christian Morgenstern) no. 6, published 1899 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Leuckart [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen (1892 - 1959), "Anmutiger Vertrag", op. 61 no. 5, from Lieder der Liebe II, no. 5, also set in Finnish (Suomi) [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Max Reger (1873 - 1916), "Anmutiger Vertrag", op. 62 (Sechzehn Gesänge) no. 16 (1901) [medium voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Richard Trunk (1879 - 1968), "Vertrag", op. 63 no. 2, published 1933, from Vier heitere Lieder, no. 2 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Ernest Vietor (flourished 1905-1930), "Anmutiger Vertrag", op. 11 no. 15 (1933-4) [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- Also set in Finnish (Suomi), a translation by V. Arti (Kaarlo Väinö Valve) (1885 - 1963) ENG FRE ; composed by Yrjö Henrik Kilpinen.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2016
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Gracieux contrat", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 76
In the woods along the riverbank Two sweethearts kissed each other yesterday. Today the nightingale came To fetch what remained. On parting, the girl Had braided her hair again, Ei, how much golden silk Did the nightingale discover! His beak full of thread, The nightingale returned home And lined his delicate little nest With his gold. Friend nightingale, friend nightingale, Let it remain this way for all the years to come! Let my mouth be full of song, And let [your beak] be full of my beloved's hair!
About the headline (FAQ)Translation of title "Anmuthiger Vertrag" = "A charming pact"
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914), "Anmutiger Vertrag", appears in Auf vielen Wegen, in Zwischenstück
This text was added to the website: 2016-12-25
Line count: 16
Word count: 88