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O sähst du mich jetzt beten zu deinen [heiligtiefen]1 Augen, die fragend zu mir flehten wie nach Liebe, du schlössest deine tiefen Augen, daß ich nicht drein [versinke]2 wie in Liebe. O sähst du, wie ich bete zu deiner kinderfrohen Seele, [die bittend zu mir flehte wie nach Leben,]3 es schwiege deine Kinderseele, daß sie nicht untergehe in meiner Liebe.
1 Marx: "heilig tiefen"
2 Marx: "vergehe"
3 omitted by Marx
- by Ernst Heinz Hess (b. 1881) [author's text not yet checked 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 Adolf Boehe (1880 - 1938), "Nachtgebet", op. 1 no. 4 (1900), published 1900 [voice and piano], from Vier Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung, no. 4, München, Schmid Nachf. [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Joseph Marx (1882 - 1964), "Nachtgebet", 1910, published 1912 [tenor and piano], in Lieder und Gesänge, II. Folge, Nr. 26 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Linda Godry) , "Night prayer", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Prière de la nuit", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Oh, if you could see me worship now your sacred deep eyes, who beseechingly question me as if for love; you would close your deep eyes, so that I wouldn't drown in your love. Oh, if you could see me worship now your innocent soul, your innocent soul would remain silent so that it wouldn't drown In my love.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2004 by Linda Godry, (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.
This text was added to the website: 2004-11-13
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Word count: 59