Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Dein Lied erklang, ich habe es gehört
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Dein Lied erklang, ich habe es gehört,
Wie durch die Rosen es zum Monde zog, 
Den Schmetterling, der bunt im Frühling flog,
Hast du zur frommen Biene dir bekehrt.
Zur Rose ist mein Drang,
Seit mir dein Lied erklang!
 
Dein Lied erklang, [die Nachtigallen klagen,]1
Ach, meiner Ruhe süßes Schwanenlied
dem Mond, der lauschend von dem Himmel sieht,
Der Sternen und den Rosen muß ichs klagen,
Wohin sie sich nun schwang,
Der dieses Lied erklang!

Dein Lied erklang, es war kein Ton vergebens,
Der ganze Frühling, der von Liebe haucht,
Hat, als du sangest, nieder sich getaucht,
Im sehnsuchtsvollen Strome meines Lebens,
Im Sonnenuntergang,
Als mir dein Lied erklang!

R. Leibowitz sets stanza 3

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Note: in editions of Brentano's poetry published after about 1900, the first line has "gehöret" and the fourth line has "bekehret".

1 in another version by Brentano: "die Nacht hat's hingetragen"

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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) , "La teva cançó sonà", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "When your song rang out to me", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ton chant a retentit, je l'ai entendu", copyright © 2013, (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: 18
Word count: 109

When your song rang out to me
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Your song rang out: I heard it
as it soared through the roses to the moon. 
The butterfly that flew colorfully in the spring
you have converted into a pious bee.
My urge is toward the rose,
Since your song rang out to me.

Your song rang out: the nightingales are singing,
alas, the sweet swan song of my repose
To the moon, who watches and listens from the sky,
to the stars and the roses I must tell my complaint:
whither she has now soared,
the one to whom this song rang out!

Your song rang out; no tone was in vain.
All of springtime, which breathes love,
while you sang dipped itself
into the desire-filled stream of my life,
into the sunset,
as your song rang out to me!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2002 by John Glenn Paton, (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.
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 131