by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
   Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen,
Wandeln droben bang und sacht,
Daß sie nicht die Erde wecken
Die da schläft im Schoß der Nacht.
 
   Horchend stehn die stummen Wälder,
Jedes Blatt ein grünes Ohr!
Und der Berg, wie träumend streckt er
Seinen Schattenarm hervor.
 
   Doch was rief [dort]1? In mein Herze
Dringt der Töne Widerhall.
War es der Geliebten Stimme,
Oder [nur]2 die Nachtigall?

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun., [no year], page 251

1 Franz, Wolf: "es"
2 Franz, Wolf: "war's"

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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)

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  • ENG English [singable] (John Sullivan Dwight) , "Stars with little golden feetlet"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Stelle dalle zampette d'oro", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Les étoiles, avec leurs petits pieds...
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Les étoiles, avec leurs petits pieds d'or
Se promènent là-haut, attentives et soucieuses
De ne pas réveiller la terre
Qui dort dans le sein de la nuit.

Les forêts muettes se tiennent à l'écoute,
Chaque feuille est une oreille verte !
Et rêveuse, la montagne étend
Devant elle l'ombre de son bras.

Mais qui appelle là-bas ? l'écho d'un son
Pénètre dans mon cœur .
Était-ce la voix de ma bien-aimée,
Ou bien juste un rossignol ?

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Text added to the website: 2011-03-18 00:00:00
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