Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Wann der silberne Mond durch die...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE HEB ITA ITA SPA
[Wann]1 der silberne Mond durch die Gesträuche [blinkt]2,
Und sein schlummerndes Licht über den Rasen [streut]3,
  Und die Nachtigall flötet,
    Wandl' ich traurig von Busch zu Busch.

Selig preis' ich dich dann, flötende Nachtigall,
Weil dein Weibchen mit dir wohnet in Einem Nest,
  Ihrem singenden Gatten
    Tausend trauliche Küsse giebt.

[Ueberhüllet]4 von Laub, girret ein Taubenpaar
Sein Entzücken mir vor; aber ich wende mich,
  Suche [dunklere Schatten]5,
    Und die einsame Thräne rinnt.

Wann, o lächelndes Bild, welches wie Morgenroth
Durch die Seele mir stralt, find' ich auf Erden dich?
  Und die einsame Thräne
    Bebt mir heisser die Wang' herab.

J. Brahms sets stanzas 1, 3-4
F. Mendelssohn-Hensel sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Ludewig Heinrich Christoph Hölty. Besorgt durch seine Freunde Friederich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg und Johann Heinrich Voß. Hamburg, bei Carl Ernst Bohn. 1783, page 167; with Poetische Blumenlese Auf das Jahr 1775. Göttingen und Gotha bey Johann Christian Dieterich, pages 210-211; and with Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty's Sämtliche Werke kritisch und chronologisch herausgegeben von Wilhelm Michael, Erster Band, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1914, page 159.

1 Hölty, first edition: "Wenn"
2 Hölty, first edition: "blickt"
3 Hölty, first edition: "geußt"
4 Hölty's manuscript: "Überschattet"
5 Hölty's manuscript: "dunkle Gesträuche"

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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 © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Jaroslav Kalina) , "Májová noc"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De meinacht", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , no title, copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Notte di maggio", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La notte di maggio", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alvaro De la Cruz) , "La noche de mayo", copyright © 2005, (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: 2018-01-14 08:34:13
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Word count: 99

Notte di maggio
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Quando l'argentea luna brilla tra gli arbusti
E diffonde sopra il prato la sua luce sonnolenta,
e mentre l'usignolo canta,
io triste vado errando fra i cespugli.
 
Ti reputo felice, usignolo che gorgheggi,
perché la tua compagna condivide il nido con te,
e al suo compagno che canta
dà mille baci fedeli.
 
Nascosta fra il fogliame una coppia di colombi tubando
mi comunica la loro estasi; ma io mi volgo altrove,
in cerca di ombre più scure,
e scorre una lacrima solitaria.
 
Quando, o immagine sorridente, che come una aurora
Nell'anima mi splende, ti incontrerò su questa terra?
E la lacrima solitaria,
scorre tremando, più bruciante ancora, sulla mia guancia!

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Text added to the website: 2009-02-23 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:08
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Word count: 110