Translation © by Lawrence Snyder, Rebecca Plack

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

The night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Night steps out of the woods,
And sneaks softly out of the trees,
Looks about in a wide circle,
Now beware.

All the lights of this earth,
All flowers, all colors
It extinguishes, and steals the sheaves
From the field.

It takes everything that is dear,
Takes the silver from the stream,
Takes away, from the cathedral's copper roof,
The gold.

The shrubs stand plundered,
Draw nearer, soul to soul;
Oh, I fear the night will also steal
You from me.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 81