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ON WINGS OF SONG (AUF FLÜGELN DES GESANGES) (Words: Heinrich Heine / Music: Felix Mendelssohn - Mid-19th Century) Recorded by: Jana Buchner; John McCormack; Brendan O`Dowda; Yvonne Kenny; Angela Gheorghiu; Kiri Te Kanawa; Christine Wolff & Britta Schwarz; Kenneth McKellar; Peter Schreier; Suze Van Grootel; Benjamin Appl; Victoria De Los Angeles; Elly Ameling; Kevin McMillan; Eva Marton; Janet Baker; Elizabeth Schwarzkopf ..... and many others. ORIGINAL GERMAN WORDS: 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 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 Gazell'n Und in der Ferne rauschen Des heiligen Stromes Well'n Dort wollen wir niedersinken Unter dem Palmenbaum Und Liebe und Ruhe trinken Und träumen seligen Traum ENGLISH TRANSLATION: On Wings of Song Sweetheart, I carry you away Away to the fields of the Ganges Where I know the most beautiful place There is a garden of red flax In the quiet moonlight Expect the lotus flowers Their charming little sister The violets giggle and cherish And gaze up at the stars Secretly tell the roses Are fragrant fairy ear Hopping near and listen the pious, wise gazelles And noise in the distance The sacred river's waves There we will lay down Under the palm tree Peace and love and drink And dream our blissful dream ************************ ALTERNATE ENGLISH VERSION: On wings of song I'll bear thee Enchanted realms to see Come O' my love, prepare thee In dreamland to wander with me A garden I know of roses by moonlight silvered o'er Upon the lake reposes a balmy lotus flower The bending violets whisper their fragrant secrets there Waiting for thee, their sister Still closed are the blossoms rare With wistful glances are peering The bright-eyed, slender gazelles A rushing tide is nearing upon the breeze it swells And there we will sit and rest us Under the palm tree's shade And dream that love has blessed us And joy will never fade (Contributed by Mel Priddle - February 2017)

    


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