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An die Nacht

Language: German

Heilige Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Sterngeschloßner Himmelsfrieden!
Alles, was das Licht geschieden,
Ist verbunden,
Alle Wunden
Bluten süß im Abendrot.

Bjelbogs Speer, Bjelbogs Speer
Sinkt ins Herz der trunknen Erde,
Die mit seliger Gebärde
Eine Rose
In dem Schoße
Dunkler [Lüste]1 niedertaucht.

[Heilige Nacht!]2 züchtige Braut, züchtige Braut!
Deine süße Schmach verhülle,
Wenn des Hochzeitsbechers Fülle
Sich ergießet;
Also fließet
In die brünstige Nacht der Tag!



Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Note: Bjelbog is a Slavic god of light.
1 Strauss: "Lüfte"
2 added by Strauss.

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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 (John Glenn Paton) , "To the night", copyright © 2002, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , "Sainte nuit! sainte nuit!", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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