by Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769 - 1860)
Translation Singable translation by Gwendolen Gore

Und die Sonne machte den weiten Ritt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Und die [Sonne machte]1 den weiten [Ritt]2
[Um]3 die Welt,
Und die Sternlein sprachen: Wir reisen mit 
[Um]3 die Welt;
Und die Sonne, sie schalt sie: Ihr bleibt zu Haus!
Denn ich brenn' euch die goldnen Äuglein aus
Bei dem feurigen Ritt um die Welt.

Und die Sternlein gingen zum lieben Mond
In der Nacht,
Und sie sprachen: du, der auf Wolken thront 
In der Nacht,
Laß uns [wandeln]4 mit dir, denn dein milder Schein
Er verbrennet uns nimmer die Äugelein.
Und er nahm sie, Gesellen der Nacht.
 
Nun willkommen, Sternlein und lieber Mond, 
In der Nacht!
Ihr verstehet, was still in [den]5 Herzen wohnt 
In der Nacht.
Kommt und zündet die himmlischen Lichter an,
Daß ich lustig mitschwärmen und [spielen]6 kann
In den freundlichen Spielen der Nacht.

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1 a later version of the poem titled "Die Sternlein" (1823) has "Sonne, sie machte" (used by Attenhofer, Banck, and Böie, according to the incipits in Hofmeister, and by Ochs); Blumenthal: "Sonne macht"; Blumner: "Sonne, die machte" (Musikalien-catalog von Heinrichshofen's Verlag)
2 Attenhofer: "Weg"; further changes may exist not noted.
3 Ochs: "Durch"
4 Blumenthal: "wandern"
5 Ochs: "dem"
6 Ochs: "singen"

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  • ENG English [singable] (Gwendolen Gore) , "The star's request"


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The star's request
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
And the sun went off on his ride so free
Round the world,
And the stars spoke out: "We will go with thee
Round the World,"
But the Sun in his anger so loudly cries:
"You shall all stay at home, lest I burn your eyes
In my fiery ride around the world."

Then the Stars went off to the kindly moon
In the night
And they said: "Oh mother, we crave a boon
In the night,"
Let us wander with thee, for thy tender rays,
They will do us no harm like the sun's hot blaze;"
So she welcomed her children of night.

Now welcome stars and the queen of the sky,
In the night,
You know the thoughts in my heart that lie
In the night.
Come and light up the heavenly tapers all,
And with brightness and beauty our hearts enthral,
In the glorified hours of the night. 

From the Blumenthal score.

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Text added to the website: 2009-12-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:02
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Word count: 151