Songs

Waldseligkeit

by Max Reger

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Waldseligkeit
German source: Richard Dehmel

Der Wald beginnt zu rauschen,
den Bäumen naht die Nacht,
als ob sie selig lauschen,
berühren sie sich sacht.

Und unter ihren Zweigen,
da bin ich ganz allein,
da bin ich ganz mein eigen :
ganz nur Dein!

Woodland rapture
English translation © Richard Stokes

The wood begins to stir,
night draws near the trees;
as if blissfully listening,
they gently touch each other.

And beneath their branches
I am utterly alone,
utterly my own;
utterly and only yours.

Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

Waldseligkeit
German source: Richard Dehmel

Woodland rapture
English source: Richard Stokes

Der Wald beginnt zu rauschen,
The wood begins to stir,
den Bäumen naht die Nacht,
night draws near the trees;
als ob sie selig lauschen,
as if blissfully listening,
berühren sie sich sacht.
they gently touch each other.

Und unter ihren Zweigen,
And beneath their branches
da bin ich ganz allein,
I am utterly alone,
da bin ich ganz mein eigen :
utterly my own;
ganz nur Dein!
utterly and only yours.

Composer

Max Reger

Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger, commonly known as Max Reger, was a German composer, pianist, organist, conductor, and academic teacher. 

Poet

Richard Dehmel

Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel was a German poet and writer. His poems use a range of metrical patterns, and have been set to music by composers such as Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, and Kurt Weill. His poetry often focused on themes of love and…

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