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Leise Lieder

Language: German

Leise Lieder sing ich dir bei Nacht,
Lieder, die kein sterblich Ohr vernimmt,
Noch ein Stern, der etwa spähend wacht,
Noch der Mond, der still im Äther schwimmt;

Denen niemand als das eigne Herz,
Das [sie]1 träumt, in tiefer Wehmut lauscht,
Und an denen niemand als der Schmerz,
Der sie zeugt, sich kummervoll berauscht.

Leise Lieder sing ich dir bei Nacht,
Dir, in deren Aug mein Sinn versank,
Und aus dessen tiefem, [dunklen]2 Schacht,
Meine Seele [ewige]3 Sehnsucht trank.



Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Reger: "es"
2 Reger: "dunklem" (typo?)
3 Reger: "ew'ge"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Soft songs I sing to you at night", copyright ©
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , "Chansons douces", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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