by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Es gibt so wunderweiße Nächte
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Es gibt so [wunderweiße]1 Nächte,
drin alle Dinge Silber sind.
Da schimmert mancher Stern so lind,
als ob er fromme Hirten brächte
zu einem neuen Jesuskind.

Weit wie mit dichtem Diamantenstaube 
bestreut, erscheinen Flur und Flut,
und in die Herzen, traumgemut,
steigt ein kapellenloser Glaube,
der leise seine Wunder tut.

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1 Marx: "wundervolle"

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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 English, a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Crowned with dreams", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission FRE ; composed by Gary Bachlund.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Couronné de rêves", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2007-06-08
Line count: 10
Word count: 50

Crowned with dreams
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
There are those nights of white and wonder
wherein all has a silver shine,
with many a gleaming star - a sign
as though to guide the shepherds yonder
towards a new infant divine.

Widespread, as under diamond layers,
appear both meadows and the sea,
and in the hearts in dreamlike glee
a faith ascends, that needs no prayers,
performing wonders silently.

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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)


Researcher for this text: Bertram Kottmann

This text was added to the website: 2011-01-06
Line count: 10
Word count: 62