by Elisabeth Kulmann (1808 - 1825)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bleibe hier und singe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Bleibe hier und singe,
Liebe Nachtigall!
Dein Gesang erklinge
Schmetternd überall.

Flur und Waldung lauschet,
Alles hört dir zu;
Nicht ein Blättchen rauschet,
Bleiben all in Ruh.

Dich bewundernd schweiget
Rings der Vögel Chor,
Seinen Höhn entsteiget
's Eichhorn, wird ganz Ohr.

Hör' ich recht, so brauset
Minder jetzt der Bach,
Da hier Stille hauset,
Läßt sein Toben nach.

Bleibe hier und singe,
Liebe Nachtigall!
Dein Gesang erklinge
Schmetternd überall.

R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan de nachtegaal", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "To the nightingale", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Au rossignol", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2007-01-23 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
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Word count: 70

To the nightingale
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Stay here and sing,
Dear nightingale!
Your song should ring out
Like a clarion call everywhere.

Meadow and woodland hearken,
Everything listens to you;
Not a leaf rustles,
All of them remain still.

In admiration of you,
The choir of birds falls silent all around;
Climbing down from its heights,
The squirrel is all ears.

If I discern correctly,
The stream rushes less noisily now,
Since everything is silent here,
[The stream's] tumult abates.

Stay here and sing,
Dear nightingale!
Your song should ring out
Like a clarion call everywhere.

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Text added to the website: 2010-06-11 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:46
Line count: 20
Word count: 90