by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Waldesnacht, du wunderkühle
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE
Waldesnacht, du [wunderkühle]1, 
Die ich tausend Male grüß',
Nach dem lauten Weltgewühle,
O wie ist dein Rauschen süß!
Träumerisch die müden Glieder
Berg' ich weich [ins]2 Moos,
Und mir ist, als würd' ich wieder
All der irren Qualen los.

Fernes Flötenlied, vertöne,
Das ein weites Sehnen rührt,
Die Gedanken in die schöne,
Ach! mißgönnte Ferne führt.
Laß die Waldesnacht mich wiegen,
Stillen jede Pein!
Und ein seliges Genügen
Saug' ich mit den Düften ein.

In den heimlich engen Kreisen,
Wird dir wohl, du wildes Herz,
Und ein Friede schwebt mit leisen
Flügelschlägen niederwärts.
Singet, holde [Vögellieder]3,
Mich in Schlummer sacht!
Irre Qualen, löst euch wieder;
Wildes Herz, nun gute Nacht!

R. Kahn sets stanzas 1, 3

About the headline (FAQ)

View original text (without footnotes)

Confirmed with [Paul Heyse], Der Jungbrunnen: Neue Märchen von einem fahrenden Schüler, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, Königl. Hofbuchhändler, 1850, page 35.

1 Frommer: "wundersüsse"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Kahn "in"
3 Kahn "Vogellieder"


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) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Wondrously cool woodland night", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "Woodland night", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Forested night", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Nuit de la forêt", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 110

Forested night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Wondrously cool, forested night,
that I a thousand times have greeted,
After the loud ferment of the world, 
O, how sweet is your rustling!
Dreamily, my weary limbs
I shelter in the yielding moss,
And for me, it is as if I were again
Free of all senseless distress.

The song of a distant flute, sounding,
Stirs a vast longing;
My thoughts wander into the beautiful,
Ah, tantalizing distance!
May this forested night cradle me, 
Soothing every pain;
And blissful fulfillment
I inhale along with its fragrances.

Within this secluded, intimate sphere, 
are boons for you, my frenzied heart,
And serenity floats, on the delicate
flutter of wings, downward.
Sing me, lovely bird songs,
gently to my rest!
Senseless anxieties, once more be gone;
Wild heart, now good night!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Michael P. Rosewall, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

Based on


This text was added to the website: 2011-01-07
Line count: 24
Word count: 129