Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Ich wandre durch die stille Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Ich [wandre]1 durch die stille Nacht,
Da schleicht der Mond so heimlich sacht
Oft aus der dunklen Wolkenhülle,
Und hin und her im Tal,
Erwacht die Nachtigall
[Dann]2 wieder alles grau und stille.

O wunderbarer Nachtgesang,
Von fern im Land der Ströme Gang,
Leis Schauern in den [dunklen]3 Bäumen --
Wirr'st die Gedanken mir,
Mein irres Singen hier 
Ist wie ein Rufen [nur]4 aus Träumen.

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Confirmed with Joseph von Eichendorff, Sämtliche Gedichte und Versepen, Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig: Insel Verlag, 2001, page 264.

First published in the appendices to the novellas Taugenichts and Marmorbild, 1826 in the cycle Nachtbilder (no. 1)

1 Curschmann, E. Taubert: "wandle"; further changes may exist not shown above for Taubert
2 Curschmann: "Nun"
3 Curschmann, Eckert, Franz, Kletzki, Reger: "dunkeln"
4 omitted by Kiel


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

Set in a modified version by Fanny Hensel, Ernst Naumann.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I wander through the quiet night", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je me promenais par une nuit silencieuse", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Di notte", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Melanie Trumbull

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

Di notte
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sono in cammino nella notte quieta,
si affaccia la luna e sembra spiare
segretamente fra le nuvole scure,
e qua e là nella vallata,
il canto si leva dell'usignolo
poi tutto ritorna grigio e muto

O meraviglioso canto notturno,
senti, lontano, scorrere i fiumi
fremono piano, nel buio, i rami --
Sembra smarrirsi ogni mio pensiero,
si fa confuso ogni mio canto
simile al grido di chi sta sognando.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-03-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 68