by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

How lang and dreary is the night
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
How [lang]1 and dreary is the night
 When I am frae my Dearie;
I restless lie frae e'en [to]2 morn
 Though I were ne'er sae weary.

Chorus. -- For oh, her lanely nights are lang!
 And oh, her dreams are eerie;
And oh, her [window'd]3 heart is sair,
 That's absent frae her Dearie!

When I think on the [lightsome]4 days
 I spent wi' [thee]5, my Dearie;
And now what [seas]6 between us [roar]7,
 How can I be but eerie?
       For oh, &c.

How slow ye move, ye heavy hours;
 [The joyless day how dreary:]8
It was na sae ye glinted by,
 When I was wi' my Dearie!
       For oh, &c.

A. Beach sets stanzas 1, 3-4 (no chorus)
M. White sets stanzas 3, 4

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Confirmed with Burns, Robert. Poems and Songs. Vol. VI. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909–14; Bartleby.com, 2001. www.bartleby.com/6/485.html.

Note: the Burns text appears in the White score as if it is a translation of the German text (or vice versa), but they are unrelated textually.

1 Beach modernizes this to "long"
2 Beach and other versions of the poem: "tae"
3 [sic] - but in some editions it is modernized to "widow'd"
4 White: "happy"
5 White: "you"
6 Beach and White: "lands"
7 Beach and White: "lie"
8 Beach and White: "As ye were wae and weary"

Glossary:
Eerie = affected with fear or dread
Glinted = passed quickly like a transient gleam

Authorship

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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Jak dlouhá, smutná je ta noc"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Comme la nuit est longue et maussade", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 109

Wie lang und traurig ist die Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Wie lang' und traurig ist die Nacht
fern von der Liebsten Armen!
Wie müd' ich bin, es will der Schlaf
sich nimmer mein erbarmen.

Wie langsam schleicht ihr Stunden hin,
als wärt ihr müd', ihr Armen!
Und schwandet doch so schnell, als ich
lag in der Liebsten Armen.

Authorship

Based on

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Ignaz Brüll (1846 - 1907), "Wie lang und traurig ist die Nacht", op. 18 (Sechs schottische Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 2, published 1876 [ voice and piano ], Wien, Gutmann [sung text checked 1 time]

Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2020-09-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 48