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Säusle, liebe Myrte!

Language: German

Säusle, liebe [Mirte]1!
Wie still ist's in der Welt,
Der Mond, der Sternenhirte
Auf klarem Himmelsfeld,
Treibt schon die Wolkenschafe
Zum Born des Lichtes hin,
Schlaf, mein Freund, o schlafe,
Bis ich wieder bei Dir bin!

Säusle, liebe Mirte
Und träum' im Sternenschein,
Die Turteltaube girrte
Ihre Brut schon ein.
Still ziehn die Wolkenschafe
Zum Born des Lichtes hin,
Schlaf, mein Freund, o schlafe,
Bis ich wieder bei dir bin!

Hörst du, wie die Brunnen rauschen?
Hörst du, wie die Grille zirpt?
Stille, stille, laßt uns lauschen,
Selig, wer in Träumen stirbt;
Selig, wen die Wolken wiegen,
[Wem]2 der Mond ein Schlaflied singt;
Oh! wie selig kann der fliegen,
Dem der Traum den Flügel schwingt,
Daß an blauer Himmelsdecke
Sterne er wie Blumen pflückt;
Schlafe, träume, flieg, ich wecke
Bald Dich auf und bin beglückt!

Translation(s): ENG ITA FRE

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1 Strauss uses the spelling "Myrte"
2 Strauss: "wenn" (or is it a typo?)


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) , "Rustle, dear myrtle!", copyright ©
    * ITA Italian (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Sussurra, caro mirto!", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , "Frémit, cher myrte !", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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