Translation Singable translation by John Bernhoff (flourished 1890-1912)

Die Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS
Aus dem Walde tritt die Nacht,
Aus den Bäumen schleicht sie leise,
[Schaut]1 sich um [im weiten]2 Kreise,
    Nun gib Acht!

Alle Lichter dieser Welt,
Alle Blumen, alle Farben
Löscht sie aus und stiehlt die Garben
    Weg vom Feld.

Alles nimmt sie, was nur hold,
Nimmt das Silber weg des [Stromes,]3
Nimmt vom Kupferdach des [Domes]4
    Weg das Gold.

Ausgeplündert steht der Strauch:
Rücke näher, Seel' an Seele,
O die Nacht, mir bangt, sie stehle
    Dich mir auch.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Hermann von Gilm, Erster Band, Wien: Verlag von Carl Gerold's Sohn, 1864, pages 249-250.

1 Thuille: "Sieht"
2 Strauss: "in weitem"
3 Strauss: "Stroms"
4 Strauss: "Doms"

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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) (Sílvia Pujalte Piñán) , "La nit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De nacht", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) (Rebecca Plack) , "The night", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (David Paley) , "Night", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Night", first published 1897
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La nuit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La notte", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Ночь", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Lawrence Snyder , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 78

Night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
From the forest-trees the night 
Now comes forth, with noiseless treading
Darkness all around her spreading.
    Watch her flight!

Night bids day to darkness yield,
Bids each flow'r be clos'd, nor leaves 
Its colour bright and steals the sheaves 
    E'en from the field.

Night steals all that we behold,
E'en the silver of the streams,
And from off the dome that gleams,
    Steals the gold.

Baren [sic] stand now bush and tree.
To my heart, o let me press thee!
Lest (the) night's dark hand should wrest thee,
    Sweet, from me.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2020-03-30
Line count: 16
Word count: 91