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Language: German

Die Nachtigall
Singt überall
Auf grünen Reisen
Die besten Weisen,
Daß ringsum Wald
Und Ufer schallt.

Manch junges Paar
Geht dort, wo klar
Das Bächlein rauschet,
Und steht, und lauschet
Mit frohem Sinn
Der Sängerin.

Ich höre bang'
Im düstern Gang
Der Nachtigallen
Gesänge schallen;
Denn ach! allein
Irr' ich im Hain.

Translation(s): ENG DUT FRE


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

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

    * ENG English (Richard Morris) , "Sighs", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zuchten", 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

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Language: English

The nightingale
Sings everywhere
On green twigs
In the best manner,
That resounds all around woods
And river banks.

Many young couples
Go there, where the clear
Brooklet murmurs
And stand and listen
To the songstress.

I anxiously hear
on a gloomy path
The Nightingales'
Song resounding,
Because Oh! alone
I wander in the grove.

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