Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Nachtigall, ich hör dich singen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE FRE
Nachtigall, ich hör dich singen,
Das Herz möcht' mir im Leib zerspringen,
Komme doch und sag mir bald,
Wie ich mich verhalten soll.

Nachtigall, ich seh dich laufen,
An dem Bächlein tust du saufen,
Du tunkst dein klein Schnäblein ein,
Meinst, es wär' der beste Wein.

Nachtigall, wo ist gut wohnen?
Auf den Linden, in den Kronen,
Bei der schön' Frau Nachtigall:
Grüß mein Schätzchen tausendmal!

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Confirmed with Achim von Arnims Werke, ausgewählt und herausgegeben von Reinhold Steig, Dritter Band, Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1911, page 304


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

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Madame Nightingale", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Madame rossignol", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Madame Rossignol", copyright © 2012, (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.
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

Madame Nightingale
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Nightingale, I hear you singing,
My heart is about to burst in my body;
Oh come and tell me soon
How I should behave.

Nightingale, I see you running,
At the streamlet you are drinking,
You dip your little beak into [the water],
Deeming it to be the best wine.

Nightingale, where can one live happily?
Upon the linden trees, in the tree-tops,
With the beautiful Madame Nightingale:
Greet my darling a thousand times!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Sharon Krebs, (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: 2012-07-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 74