by Johann Rumpelmeyer (1820 - 1887), as Johannes Nordmann
Translation Singable translation by Charles Fonteyn Manney (1872 - 1951)

Breathe gently, my song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Breathe gently, my song, through the silence of night,
Nor waken my love from her dreams of delight;
Thy way to her window tenderly take,
Breathe gently, my song, nor cause her to awake!

Breathe gently, my song, let each mellow tone
Entreat my darling to sleep on.

Thy tendrils of love round her heart entwine,
As close to the tree clings the flow'ry vine;
And sing as the nightingale in the glade
To the rose sings his rapturous serenade.

Awaken her not with too stormy caress;
Like a pilgrim soft-shod, draw thou near to bless,
As ent'ring devoutly a temple fair,
So sound then my song, like a low murmur'd pray'r!

Note: this translation is for Liszt's second version. It's from the score in Franz Liszt. Thirty Songs. Edited by Charles Armbruster. Dover Publications, Inc., New York.


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