Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

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

La notte di maggio
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Quando la luna d'argento splende attraverso le piante,
e il suo sonnolento chiarore si stende sui prati,
e l'usignolo canta,
erro malinconico di cespuglio in cespuglio.

Beato allora ti considero, usignolo che canti,
perché la tua sposina vive con te nello stesso nido,
ed al suo canoro consorte
dà mille baci d'amore.

Sommersa nel fogliame tuba una coppia di colombi
il suo incanto davanti a me, ma io mi volgo altrove,
a cercare l'ombra oscura,
e la lacrima solitaria scende.

Quando, o sorridente immagine, che come aurora
mi splendi nell'anima, quando ti troverò sulla terrà?
E la lacrima solitaria
tremola giù per la gota.

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-11 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 16
Word count: 104