Translation © by Emily Ezust

Säus'le, liebe Myrthe!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Säus'le, liebe Myrthe!
Wie still ist's in der Welt,
Der Mond, der Sternenhirte
Auf klarem Himmelsfeld,
Treibt schon die Wolkenschafe
Zum Born des Lichtes hin,
Schlaf, mein Freund, o schlafe,
Bis ich wieder bei dir bin!

Säus'le, liebe Myrthe!
Und träum' im Sternenschein,
Die Turteltaube girrte
Auch ihre Brut schon ein.
Still ziehn die Wolkenschafe
Zum Born des Lichtes hin,
Schlaf, mein Freund, o schlafe,
Bis ich wieder bei dir bin!

Hörst du, wie die Brunnen rauschen?
Hörst du, wie die Grille zirpt?
Stille, stille, laß uns lauschen,
Selig, wer in Träumen stirbt;
Selig, wen die Wolken wiegen,
[Wenn]1 der Mond ein Schlaflied singt;
O! wie selig kann der fliegen,
Dem der Traum den Flügel schwingt,
Daß an blauer Himmelsdecke
Sterne er wie Blumen pflückt;
Schlafe, träume, flieg, ich wecke
Bald dich auf und bin beglückt!

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Confirmed with Clemens Brentano's gesammelte schriften. Zweiter Band. Weltliche Gedichte, ed. by Christian Brentano, Frankfurt am Main, J. D. Sauerländer's Verlag, 1852, pages 441-442.

Note: the spelling of "Myrthe" has undergone a few spelling reforms, and might be seen variously as "Myrte" or "Mirte".

1 In many later editions of Brentano, this is changed to "wem". Strauss uses the original "wenn".

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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) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ruis maar, lieve mirte!", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Rustle, dear myrtle!", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Frémit, cher myrte !", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Sussurra, caro mirto!", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 28
Word count: 136

Rustle, dear myrtle!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Rustle, dear myrtle!
How quiet it is in the world,
the moon, the shepherd of the stars
in the bright field of heaven,
is driving the cloud-sheep already
to the spring of light;
sleep, my friend, o sleep,
until I am with you again!

Rustle, dear myrtle!
and dream in the starlight;
the turtledove has cooed
her brood to sleep.
Quietly the cloud-sheep float
toward the spring of light;
sleep, my friend, o sleep,
until I am with you again!

Do you hear how the fountains roar?
Do you hear how the cricket twitters?
Hush, hush, let us listen.
Blessed is he who dies in his dreams;
Blessed is he whom clouds cradle,
[to whom]1 the moon sings a lullaby;
Oh! how blissfully can he fly,
he who brandishes wings in his dreams,
so that on the blue roof of Heaven
he may pick stars like flowers;
sleep, dream, fly - I will awaken
you soon and you will be happy!

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1 or "when" for the Strauss version.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 28
Word count: 161