by Moritz Horn (1814 - 1874)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Johannis war gekommen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
 Johannis war gekommen,
 Der Erde Hochzeitstag,
 Wo sie als Braut am Herzen
 Des lieben Frühlings lag.

 Die stille Nacht umschleiert
 Den Schlummer der Natur.
 Das blasse Licht des Mondes
 Durchwandelt Hain und Flur.

 Die kleinen Blättchen schwirren
 Kaum hörbar in dem Baum,
 Um Schilf und Wasserblumen
 Schwebt Schlaf und Abendtraum.

 Was ist auf jener Wiese
 Für zauberischer Sang,
 Und unterm Frühlingsgrase
 Für wunderlicher Klang?

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Note: refers to St. John's day, which is the 24th of June


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "St. John's Day had come", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-07-29
Line count: 18
Word count: 66

St. John's Day had come
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tenor Solo:
 St. John's day had come,
 The wedding day of the world,
 When she [the world] lies like a bride
 On the bosom of beloved spring.

 The quiet night veils
 The slumber of nature.
 The pale light of the moon
 Wanders through the grove and fields.

 The little leaves are whirring
 Almost inaudibly in the tree.
 Around the reeds and waterlilies
 Waft sleep and evening dreams.

Alto Solo:
 What magical singing
 Sounds on yonder meadow?
 And under the spring grasses
 What fantastical sounds?


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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-14
Line count: 18
Word count: 84