by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Nachtgesang
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE
[O]1 gieb, vom weichen Pfühle,
Träumend, ein halb Gehör!
Bei meinem Saitenspiele
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Bei meinem Saitenspiele
Segnet der Sterne Heer
Die ewigen Gefühle;
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Die ewigen Gefühle
Heben mich, hoch und hehr,
Aus irdischem Gewühle;
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Vom irdischen Gewühle
Trennst du mich nur zu sehr,
Bannst mich in diese Kühle;
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Bannst mich in diese Kühle,
Giebst nur im Traum Gehör.
Ach, auf dem weichen Pfühle
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

W. Goethe sets stanzas 1-3

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 98, and with Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1804, Herausgegeben von Wieland und Goethe, Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, pages 120-121.

1 Mayer: "Ach"; further changes may exist not shown above.

Authorship

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) , "Cant nocturnal", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtgezang", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Night song", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant nocturne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de la nuit", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-05-06 08:16:47
Line count: 20
Word count: 87

Night song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 O give, dreaming from your soft pillow,
 half an ear to me!
 To my lute's playing
 you sleep! what more do you want?
 
 To my lute's playing
 the set of stars blesses
 eternal feelings;
 you sleep! what more do you want?
 
 Those eternal feelings
 lift me sublimely high,
 away from the earthly crowd;
 you sleep! what more do you want?
 
 Away from the earthly crowd
 you sever me only too abruptly,
 entrance me in this cool place;
 you sleep! what more do you want?
 
 You entrance me in this cool place,
 give me your ear only in your dreams.
 Ah, on your soft pillow
 you sleep! what more do you want?

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 20
Word count: 112