by Wilhelm Hensel (1794 - 1861)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Schnell fliehen die Schatten der Nacht,
hell blühen die Matten in Pracht,
hoch rauschet der Wald in dem Glanze,
still lauschet ihm heimlich die Pflanze
im blütenverklärenden Tauen,
wie selig, den Morgen zu schauen.

Was fehlt noch dem goldenen Raum?
Komm, Liebchen, erfülle den Traum,
mein Lied tönt in wonnigem Rauschen,
o komm, wie die Blume zu lauschen,
es will dich mein liebendes Sehnen
betauen mit seligen Tränen.


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Morgengroet", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Morning greeting", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Henri Dupraz) , "Salut Matinal", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Martin Jahn

This text was added to the website: 2006-11-01
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

Morning greeting
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The shadows of night quickly flee away,
The meadows bloom in bright splendor,
Above, the forest rustles in the brilliance,
Quietly the plant listens in secret
Its blooms transformed with dew,
How blessed to behold the morning.

What does this golden realm still lack?
Come, beloved, fulfill the dream,
My song sounds in the delightful rustling,
O come, and listen like the flowers do,
And bedew my passionate longing
With blessed tears.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Michael P. Rosewall, (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: 2012-10-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 72