by Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847 - 1885)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Alle de voksende Skygger
Language: Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Alle de voksende Skygger
Har vævet sig sammen til en,
Ensom paa Himmelen lyser
En Stjærne saa straalende ren,
Skyerne have saa tunge Drømme,
Blomsternes Øjne i Duggraad svømme,
Underligt Aftenvinden 
Suser i Linden.

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Note: modern Danish uses 'å' instead of 'aa' and does not capitalize nouns. It is also common not to capitalize the beginning of each line in modern publications. Here is the modernized version:

Alle de voksende skygger
har vævet sig sammen til en.
Ensom på himmelen lyser
en stjerne så strålende ren.
Skyerne have så tunge drømme,
blomsternes øjne i duggråd svømme,
underligt aftenvinden
suser i linden.


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 Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Hugo Alfvén.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (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: 8
Word count: 34

Toutes les ombres grandissantes
Language: French (Français)  after the Danish (Dansk) 
Toutes les ombres grandissantes
Se sont fondues en une seule.
Solitaire dans le ciel brille
Une étoile aux rayons si purs ;
Les étoiles ont de mélancoliques rêves,
Des gouttes de larmes noient les yeux des fleurs, 
Les vents du soir bruissent étrangement dans les tilleuls.

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  • Translation from Danish (Dansk) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (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.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-01-07
Line count: 7
Word count: 46