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Auf Flügeln des Gesanges

Language: German

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges,
Herzliebchen, trag ich dich fort,
Fort nach den Fluren des Ganges,
Dort weiß ich den schönsten Ort;

Dort liegt ein [rotblühender]1 Garten
Im stillen Mondenschein,
Die Lotosblumen erwarten
Ihr trautes Schwesterlein.

Die Veilchen kichern und kosen,
Und schaun nach den Sternen empor,
Heimlich erzählen die Rosen
Sich duftende Märchen ins Ohr.

Es hüpfen herbei und lauschen
Die frommen, klugen Gazelln,
Und in der Ferne rauschen
Des [heiligen]2 Stromes Well'n.

Dort wollen wir niedersinken
Unter dem Palmenbaum,
Und Liebe und Ruhe trinken,
Und träumen seligen Traum.



Translation(s): FRE ENG ITA ITA FRE UKR FRE ENG FRE DUT

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1 Lachner: "blühender"
2 Mendelssohn: "heilgen"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

This text (or a part of it) is used in a work Set in Italian, a translation by Giosuè Carducci (1835 - 1907) , title unknown DUT ENG FRE UKR FRE Set in French, a translation possibly by Gérard de Nerval (1808 - 1855) DUT ENG ITA UKR Set in Ukrainian, a translation by Larisa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka (1871 - 1913) , under the pseudonym Lesja Ukrajinka, title unknown DUT ENG ITA FRE FRE [text unavailable] Set in French, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown DUT ENG ITA UKR [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * FRE French (Charles Beltjens) , title unknown, published 1827
    * ENG English (Marty Lucas) , "On wings of song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Sulle ali del canto", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "On wings of song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Dina Levias) , "Sur les ailes de mon chant", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op vleugels van gezangen", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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On wings of song

Language: English

On wings of song,
my love, I'll carry you away
to the fields of the Ganges
Where I know the most beautiful place.

There lies a red-flowering garden,
in the serene moonlight,
the lotus-flowers await
Their beloved sister.

The violets giggle and cherish,
and look up at the stars,
The roses tell each other secretly
Their fragant fairy-tales.

The gentle, bright gazelles,
pass and listen;
and in the distance murmurs
The waves of the holy stream.

There we will lay down,
under the palm-tree,
and drink of love and peacefulnes
And dream our blessed dream.



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Authorship

    * Translation from German to English copyright © by Marty Lucas, e-mail address was formerly malu (AT) worldonline (DOT) nl but is currently unknown, (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.

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