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Nachtgesang

Language: German

[O]1 gib, vom weichen Pfühle,
Träumend, ein halb Gehör!
Bei meinem Saitenspiele
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Bei meinem Saitenspiele
Segnet der Sterne Heer
Die ewigen Gefühle;
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Die ewigen Gefühle
Heben mich, hoch und hehr,
Aus irdischem Gewühle;
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Vom irdischen Gewühle
Trennst du mich nur zu sehr,
Bannst mich in deine Kühle;
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?

Bannst mich in diese Kühle,
Gibst nur im Traum Gehör.
Ach, auf dem weichen Pfühle
Schlafe! was willst du mehr?



Translation(s): ENG DUT FRE FRE
W. Goethe sets stanzas 1-3

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1 Mayer: "Ach"; further changes may exist not shown above.

Authorship

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) , "Night song", copyright ©
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtgezang", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant nocturne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , "Chanson de la nuit", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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