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Er liegt und schläft an meinem Herzen, Mein guter [Schutzgeist]1 sang ihn ein; Und ich kann frölich seyn und scherzen, Kann jeder Blum' und jedes Blatts mich freun. [Nachtigall,]2 Nachtigall, ach! Sing mir den Amor nicht wach!
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Confirmed with ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans, oder Sämmtliche Werke des Wandsbecker Bothen, I. und II. Theil. Beym Verfasser, und in Commißion bey Fr. Perthes in Hamburg. , page 56; and with Musenalmanach MDCCLXXII. Göttingen bey J.C.Dieterich, page 21.
First published in Der Wandsbecker Bothe. Ao. 1771. No. 70. Mittwochs, den 1sten May.1 Claudius (Wandsbecker Bote; Musenalmanach): "Engel"
2 Schubert: "Nachtigall, ach!"
- by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "An die Nachtigall", first published 1771 [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 Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "An die Nachtigall", 2013 [medium voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Johann Friedrich Reichardt (1752 - 1814), "Glück" [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Franz Peter Schubert (1797 - 1828), "An die Nachtigall", op. 98 (Drei Lieder) no. 1, D. 497 (1816), published 1829 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de nachtegaal", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "He lies sleeping by my heart", copyright ©
- ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "To the nightingale", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Au rossignol", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Mi giace, dormendo, sul cuore", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- TUR Turkish (Türkçe) (Gül Sabar) , "Bülbüle", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]
Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-02-15 04:17:19
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He slumbers sweetly on my heart My guardian angel sang lullabies. Now I can happily and lightly - enjoy every flower And every leaf - and every petal... Nightingale, soft -- Wake not my Cupid with your song.
- Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Shula Keller, (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.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Matthias Claudius (1740 - 1815), "An die Nachtigall", first published 1771
Text added to the website: 2008-03-06 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:38
Line count: 6
Word count: 37