Translation © by Linda Godry

Wach auf mein Herzenschöne
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Wach auf mein Herzenschöne,
zart Allerliebste mein,
ich hör ein süß Getöne
von kleinen Waldvöglein,
die hör ich so lieblich singen,
ich mein, es woll des Tages Schein
vom Orient her dringen.

Ich hör die Hahnen krähen,
und spür den Tag darbei,
die kühlen Winde wehen,
die Sternlein leuchten frei.
Singt uns Frau Nachtigalle,
singt uns ein süße Melodei,
sie meld't den Tag mit Schalle.

Du hast mein Herz umfangen
in treu inbrünstger Lieb,
ich bin so oft gegangen
Feinslieb nach deiner Zier,
ob ich dich möcht ersehen,
so würd erfreut das Herz in mir,
die Wahrheit muß ich g'stehen.

Selig ist Tag und Stunde,
darin du bist gebor'n,
Gott grüß mir dein rot Munde,
den ich mir hab erkor'n;
kann mir kein Liebre werden,
schau daß mein Lieb nicht sei verlor'n,
du bist mein Trost auf Erden.

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] ; composed by Johannes Brahms.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "Wake up, you, my hearts delight", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Réveille-toi, beauté de mon cœur", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Svegliati, bella del mio cuore", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2015-05-07 13:47:52
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Wake up, you, my hearts delight
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Wake up, you, my hearts delight,
My tender dearest love,
I hear the sweet singing
Of birds from the underbrush,
They sound as if by their singing,
they want to drag the light of day
up on the eastern sky.

I hear the cock's crowing.
I feel the day coming up,
And a fresh wind blowing by,
While the stars are sparkling gaily.
The Lady Nightingale is singing
To us a sweet serenade,
Heralding the new day with vigour.

You embraced my heart
With true ardent love,
I often went to see your beauty again,
And as soon as I saw you,
My heart grew wide with joy,
As I must confess.

Blessed is the day and hour,
That you were born to me,
Thank god for your sweet lips,
Which I chose as mine;
No other can be dearer to me,
See, that my love will never be betrayed,
You are my comfort in life.

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Text added to the website: 2008-02-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2015-05-07 13:45:34
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Word count: 156