by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Da nachts wir uns küßten, o Mädchen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE GRE IRI
Da nachts wir uns küßten, o Mädchen,
hat keiner uns zugeschaut.
Die Sterne, die standen am Himmel,
wir haben den Sternen getraut.

Es ist ein Stern gefallen,
der hat dem Meer uns verklagt,
da hat das Meer es dem Ruder,
das Ruder dem Schiffer gesagt.

Da sang der selbige Schiffer
es seiner Liebsten vor.
Nun singen's auf Straßen und Märkten
die Knaben und Mädchen im Chor.1

R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-3

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1 Humperdinck adds: "Sie singen von unsrer Liebe, / von Wellen und Sternenlicht. / Lass Liebste, sie singen und raunen: / wir küssen und hören sie nicht!" ... English translation (Malcolm Wren): They are singing of our love, / of waves and starlight. / My love, let them sing and whisper: / we shall kiss and not hear them!"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verklikte liefde", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Betrayed love", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 66

Verklikte liefde
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Des nachts, toen wij kusten, o meisje,
Heeft niemand ons daarbij aanschouwd.
De sterren, heel hoog aan de hemel,
Wij hebben die sterren vertrouwd.
 
Er is een ster gevallen,
Die heeft de zee het verteld,
Toen heeft de zee 't aan de roeispaan,
De spaan 't aan de schipper gemeld.
 
Toen zong helaas ook die schipper
Het aan zijn liefje voor.
Nu zingen 't op straten en markten
De jongens en meisjes in koor.

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Word count: 74