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Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Nacht ist heiter und ist rein,
Im allerhellsten Glanz,
Die Häuser schau'n verwundert drein,
Steh'n übersilbert ganz.

In mir ist's hell so wunderbar,
So voll und übervoll,
Und waltet drinnen frei und klar,
Ganz ohne Leid und Groll.

Ich fass' in meinem Herzenshaus
Nicht all' das reiche Licht,
Es will hinaus, es muß hinaus,
Die letzte Schranke bricht.

Translation(s): ENG ITA FRE DUT

Submitted by Thierry Morice


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) , title 1: "Bright night", copyright ©
    * ITA Italian (Italiano) (Gianni Franceschi) , title 1: "Chiarore della notte", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Nuit brillante", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Heldere nacht", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Nuit brillante

Language: French (Français)

La nuit est calme et pure,
Dans un éclat des plus brillants,
Les maisons regardent avec étonnement,
Se tenant toutes couvertes d'argent.

En moi cela brille aussi merveilleusement,
Si plein et archicomble,
Et liberté et clarté y règnent dedans,
Totalement sans chagrin ni amertume.

Je ne peux pas contenir dans mon cœur
Toute cette riche lumière,
Elle veut sortir, elle doit sortir,
La dernière barrière casse.

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    * Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Guy Laffaille <guy_laffaille (AT) orange (DOT) fr>, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. Please contact the copyright-holder(s) when requesting permission to reprint and be sure to give proper credit, which MUST include the copyright symbol ©

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Text added to the website: 2010-03-13.