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Die Mainacht

Language: German

[Wenn]1 der silberne Mond durch die Gesträuche blinkt,
Und sein schlummerndes Licht über den Rasen [geußt]2,
  Und die Nachtigall flötet,
    Wandl' ich traurig von Busch zu Busch.

Selig preis' ich dich dann, flötende Nachtigall,
Weil dein Weibchen mit dir wohnet in einem Nest,
  Ihrem singenden Gatten
    Tausend trauliche Küsse gibt.

Überhüllet von Laub girret ein Taubenpaar
Sein Entzücken mir vor; aber ich wende mich,
  Suche dunklere Schatten,
    Und die einsame Thräne rinnt.

Wann, o lächelndes Bild, welches wie Morgenrot
Durch die Seele mir strahlt, find' ich auf Erden dich?
  Und die einsame Thräne
    Bebt mir heißer die Wang' herab!



Translation(s): ENG SPA ITA ITA FRE DUT
J. Brahms sets stanzas 1, 3-4
F. Mendelssohn-Hensel sets stanzas 1-3

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1 Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert: "Wann"
2 Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert: "streut"

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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 (Leonard J[ordan] Lehrman) , "The May night", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * SPA Spanish (Alvaro De la Cruz) , "La noche de mayo", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Notte di maggio", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * ITA Italian (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La notte di maggio", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De meinacht", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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