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Über Bergen, Fluß und Talen, Stiller Lust und tiefen Qualen Webet heimlich, schillert, Strahlen! Sinnend ruht des Tags Gewühle In der dunkelblauen Schwüle, Und die ewigen Gefühle, Was dir selber [unbewußt]1, Treten heimlich, groß und leise Aus der Wirrung fester Gleise, Aus der unbewachten Brust, In die stillen, weiten Kreise.
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- by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Mittagsruh", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Wanderlieder [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Leopold) Heinrich (Picot de Peccaduc), Freiherr von Herzogenberg (1843 - 1900), "Mittagsruh", op. 44 (Gesänge und Balladen) no. 3, published 1885 [low voice and piano], Leipzig, Rieter-Biedermann [text verified 1 time]
- by Paul Kont (1920 - 2000), "Mittagsruh'", 1977 [medium voice or low voice and piano], from Zehn Lieder, no. 8. [text not verified]
- by Eduard Lassen (1830 - 1904), "Mittagsruh", op. 81 (Sechs Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianofortebegleitung) no. 4, published 1885 [voice and piano], Breslau, Hainauer [text not verified]
- by Heinrich Kaspar Schmid (1874 - 1953), "Mittagsgruß", op. 23a (Drei Gedichte von Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff) no. 1, published 1913 [six-part mixed chorus a cappella], München: Wunderhornverlag [text not verified]
- by Ethel Mary Smyth, Dame (1858 - 1944), "Mittagsruh", op. 4 ([Fünf] Lieder für 1 mittlere Stimme mit Pianoforte) no. 3, published 1886 [medium voice and piano], Leipzig, Peters [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Siesta", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Stillness at noon", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Claus-Christian Schuster
This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Over hills and stream and valleys silent joy and painful heartaches cast a secret weave and shimmer, sunbeams! Musingly day's bustle pauses in the dark-blue sultry hour, and eternal deepest feelings, that of which you're unaware, secretly, and strongly, gently, leave the ever-trodden mazes, step out of an unguarded breast into still and boundless spaces.
- Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2013 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.
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- a text in German (Deutsch) by Josef Karl Benedikt von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857), "Mittagsruh", appears in Gedichte, in 1. Wanderlieder
This text was added to the website: 2013-05-08
Line count: 11
Word count: 55