by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Um Mitternacht, wenn die Menschen erst...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Um Mitternacht, wenn die Menschen [erst]1 schlafen,
[Dann]2 scheinet uns der Mond,
[Dann]2 leuchtet uns der Stern,
Wir wandeln und singen,
Und tanzen erst gern.

Um Mitternacht, wenn die Menschen [erst]1 schlafen,
Auf Wiesen an den Erlen
Wir suchen unsern Raum,
[Und]3 wandeln und singen
Und tanzen einen Traum.

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Poem headed by:
   ...Der Mond ist unendlich schön, 
   Ich bin durch die neuen Wege gelaufen 
   da sieht die Nacht himmlisch drein. Die Elfen sangen.
1 omitted by Wolff
2 Wolff: "Da"
3 Stöhr: "Wir"

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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):

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Dorel Handman.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.

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

  • ENG English [singable] (A. Rosenthal) , "The fairies sang"
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Song of the elves"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant des elfes", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 49