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Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)

22 Feb 98 - 08:44 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From:
Date: 22 Feb 98 - 08:44 PM

I played this piece by Mendelssohn on piano before and recently I heard it being sung in a movie. I would like to have the lyrics. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Dale Rose
Date: 23 Feb 98 - 06:25 PM

John McCormack recorded this as noted below. Whether I have a recording of it, or even whether a commercial recording exists, I have not figured out yet. There is helpful information listed though which might give clues to others who know more about classical music.

On Wings of Song ("Auf Flügeln des Gesänges") (Heinrich Heine/Felix Mendelssohn, Op. 34, No. 2)
broadcast (1 January 1927)
broadcast (10 February 1933)

From the John McCormack site at http://www.moontower.com/pwworth/index.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From:
Date: 24 Feb 98 - 10:43 AM

Dale, Thanks for the info though I cannot get access to that website on my server. What a pity. Anyway thanks.


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Subject: Lyr Add: AUF FLÜGELN DES GESANGES/ON WINGS OF SONG
From: Dale Rose
Date: 24 Feb 98 - 01:09 PM

OK, this is copy/paste from columns in German and English. We shall see how that translates. I will add the line breaks and see what happens. I hope it is not just a total wipeout. I got it from this site, which has lyrics to lieder and art songs, and apparently a whole lot more than that. I did not explore too far, but it looks to be an excellent site for such.

AUF FLÜGELN DES GESANGES (ON WINGS OF SONG)
Text by Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
Set by Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847), op. 34. no 2
 

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges,
                                  On wings of song,
Herzliebchen, trag ich dich fort,
                                  my love, I'll carry you away
Fort nach den Fluren des Ganges,
                                  to the fields of the Ganges
Dort weiß ich den schönsten Ort;
                                  Where I know the most beautiful place.

Dort liegt ein rotblühender Garten
                                  There lies a red-flowering garden,
Im stillen Mondenschein,
                                  in the serene moonlight,
Die Lotosblumen erwarten
                                  the lotus-flowers await
Ihr trautes Schwesterlein.
                                  Their beloved sister.

Die Veilchen kichern und kosen,
                                  The violets giggle and cherish,
Und schaun nach den Sternen empor,
                                  and look up at the stars,
Heimlich erzählen die Rosen
                                  The roses tell each other secretly
Sich duftende Märchen ins Ohr.
                                  Their fragant fairy-tales.

Es hüpfen herbei und lauschen
                                  The gentle, bright gazelles,
Die frommen, klugen Gazelln,
                                  pass and listen;
Und in der Ferne rauschen
                                  and in the distance murmurs
Des heilgen Stromes Welln.
                                  The waves of the holy stream.

Dort wollen wir niedersinken
                                  There we will lay down,
Unter dem Pamenbaum,
                                  under the palm-tree,
Und Liebe und Ruhe trinken,
                                  and drink of love and peacefulness
Und träumen seligen Traum.
                                  And dream our blessed dream.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Dale Rose
Date: 24 Feb 98 - 01:17 PM

http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/heine/mendel34.2.html

Check this one out. (I hope it works for you) It has everything you want and a whole lot more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 03 May 04 - 03:31 AM

I'm trying to find the words in English in a singable version.
I remember a movie many years ago, called 'Innocent Sinners', based on Rumer Godden's 'An Episode of Sparrows', set in war-torn Britain, where the girl playing the main character, a tough tomboy aged about 11-12, ended up singing that song near the end of the film - and she sang like an angel. And the words she sang are the ones I'm looking for. I've googled all over the place but can't find what I want.
I'm hoping that the clever people on mudcat will be able to help.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:23 AM

Sheet music with German & English words is at Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music (American Memory):

On wings of song - Auf flügeln des gesanges / by Mendelssohn (St. Louis: Kunkel Bros., 1885).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:28 AM

An English translation (not singable) is here at The Lied and Art Song Texts Page.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 03 May 04 - 08:34 AM

So is there not a standard singable version in English?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 May 04 - 09:55 PM

The sheet music that Masato provided a link to above has singable English lyrics (as well as German). It doesn't identify the translator.

ON WINGS OF SONG

On wings of music roaming
With thee, my love, I will glide,
Where the gay flowers are blooming
On banks by the Ganges' tide.
Oh! there is a garden of roses
While moonbeams calmly shine.
The lotus flower uncloses
Her eye, to gaze on thine.
The lotus flower uncloses
Her eye to gaze on thine.

There blue-eyed violets lying,
Look up to the stars with delight;
There the musk roses are sighing
Fond secrets, like Fays of the night.
There light-footed antelopes
Lie crouching ready to leap,
While on in distance gliding,
The river seeks the deep,
While on in distance gliding,
The river seeks the deep.

Reclining with thee, while night gleams
Under the spreading Palms,
We woo the power of bright dreams,
To shed their heav'nly charms
To shed their heav'nly charms,
Their heav'nly charms.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON THE WINGS OF SONG
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 04 May 04 - 10:22 PM

Here's another translation that comes with different music, also from The Library of Congress American Memory Collection:

ON THE WINGS OF SONG (1882)
English version by J. R. M.
Music by F. Paolo Tosti.

On the wings of my song I will bear thee, far away thro' the air we will go,
On the banks of the Ganges is waiting thee, dear, the loveliest place that I know.
There the brightest of flowers are blooming, blooming sweet 'neath the light of the moon.
They are longing for thee and are saying, "O, come soon, dearly loved one, come soon!"
They are longing for thee and are saying, "O, come soon, dearly loved one, come soon!"

The sweet violets speak to each other in the language of love and of flowers;
While the roses like maiden and lover dwell in beauty in love's fragrant bowers.
Oh! there will we dwell with the flowers, love, we will care for the gay world no more;
In love and affection and peace, love, we'll dream happy dreams evermore.
In love and affection and peace, love, we will dream happy dreams evermore.
Oh! here will we dream happy dreams, love.

[And here's yet another one from The Library of Congress American Memory Collection:]

ON THE WINGS OF SONG. (1882)
Poem by H. Heine
English version by L. Underwood.
Music by F. Paolo Tosti.

Far, far on the wings of my song, love, I will bear thee away through the air,
To the plains by the Ganges along, love, for the loveliest place I know there.
There a red blooming garden is lying in the pale silent light of the moon;
To thee are the lotus flowers sighing, "O dearly loved sister, come soon!"
To thee are the lotus flowers sighing, "O dearly loved sister, come soon!"

The violets chat with each other and gaze on the stars up above,
In whispers one rose to another telleth strange fragrant stories of love.
And there 'neath the shade of the palm, love, Together we'll sit down and rest;
We'll breathe in affection and calm, love, and we'll dream happy dreams and be blest.
We'll breathe in affection and calm, love, we'll dream happy dreams and be blest.
We'll sit 'neath the palm, love,
And we'll dream, love.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 05 May 04 - 02:35 AM

Thank you Jim. You're wonderful.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 05 May 04 - 03:30 AM

I sang this in school, which means it probably came from the 'Singing Together' radio programme booklets. All I can remember at present though is:

"On wings of song I'll bear thee, enchanted realms to see" which hasn't as yet come up in any standard lyrics search.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 05 May 04 - 07:40 AM

Actually, I think I remember "On wings of song far roaming" which is a combination of the versions above but I can't remember any of the other words. I'd love to see the movie Innocent Sinners again. Then I'd tape it and check the words from there - but it's dated 1958 and I've never seen it advertised on telly (at least, not in NZ).
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,David Stephen
Date: 18 May 04 - 09:11 PM

I have been looking around for that too.
None of the ones shown here fits what I have in my memory.
The one I remember goes something like this :
(Felix Mendelsohn)
On wings of song I'll bear thee,
beloved far away,
whereby moonlit meadows
the silver fountains play...

( I cannot guarantee what I remember is correct.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,ianbarr@aol
Date: 31 May 04 - 06:20 AM

From an old record sung by Webster Booth
Words from memory are

On wings of song I'll bear thee
To that fair Asian Land
Where the broad wave of the Ganges
Flows on through a flowery strand
The violets whisper together
And gaze on the flowery scene
The lovely Lotus are waiting
Until their seeds are cast

And over the plain come leaping
The soft eyed timid gazelle
And from the sacred river
The distant murmer swells

That is as far as memory takes me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 31 May 04 - 04:00 PM

That's a better version. I copied the other versions and offered them to the music teacher (who'd asked for them in the first place) and she took one look and said 'I can't teach those words!'
They're a bit too sexy and suggestive for kids, I guess.
I'll see if she could use Ian's words.
Thanks,
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,Tom Eyerly
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 05:11 PM

I, too, have been looking for familiar English words to this beautiful melody, but have not found any that fit with the first line that I seem to remember. "The night is dressed up for dreaming ----" is the extent of my recollection. Anyone remember those words?

teyerly@cfl.rr.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: Peace
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 05:15 PM

There was a Doris Day song that had those words I think.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: oldhippie
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 05:36 PM

Yes, "Walk In The Moonlight"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Feb 07 - 11:39 AM

oldhippie: Thanks for the feedback on "Walk in the Moonlight" but I have had no success googling it. Any more specifics? Thanks, Tom Eyerly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,tom eyerly
Date: 07 Feb 07 - 04:48 PM

TO: PEACE: Thanks for the lead to Doris Day. I spent hours today reviewing all her songs from her movies and albums, and one finally struck me "Til my love comes to me". I recognized that as the last line in the song I am looking for. It comes from the 1954 movie "Young at Heart" with Frank Sinatra. So far no luck in coming up with the lyrics on-line, they just want to sell me the dvd, which I might do.

Tom Eyerly


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,prema davaram
Date: 06 Mar 07 - 07:08 AM

I'm looking for the of song that begins "On wings of song I'll bear thee. Enchanted lands to see...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,Betty
Date: 10 Jun 07 - 01:45 AM

Just come across this website while looking for information on
a recording of On Wings of Song. I've told my family that I want it sung at my funeral - which I hope won't be for a long time yet.
These are the words that we learned at school in the late 1940's.

On wings of song, I'll bear thee,
Enchanted realms to see.
Come oh my love, prepare thee
In dreamland to wander with me.
A garden I know of roses
By moonlight silvered o'er
And on the lake reposes
A balmy lotus flower.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,J. Theakston
Date: 01 Oct 07 - 06:14 PM

Here are the traditional, original English lyrics written by Heinrich Heine.

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.
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.
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.
And joy will never fade.
Will never fade.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: masato sakurai
Date: 01 Oct 07 - 07:36 PM

From Heine's Book of Songs, translated by Charles G. Leland, 1864, pp. 71-72. This is more loyal to the original, but not a singable translation.
ON the wings of song far sweeping,
Heart's dearest, with me thou'lt go
Away where the Ganges is creeping:
Its loveliest garden I know,--

A garden where roses are burning
In the moonlight all silent there;
Where the lotus-flowers are yearning
For their sister beloved and fair.

The violets titter, caressing,
Peeping up as the planets appear,
And the roses, their warm love confessing,
Whisper words, soft-perfumed, to each ear.

And, gracefully lurking or leaping,
The gentle gazelles come round;
While afar, deep rushing and sweeping,
The waves of the Ganges sound.

We'll lie there, in slumber sinking
'Neath the palm-trees by the stream,
Rapture and rest deep drinking,
Dreaming the happiest dream.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: ard mhacha
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 05:03 AM

I have a few recordings of this song , by Kenneth McKellar, John McCormack and Brendan O`Dowda, the O`Dowda LP is an EMI STAL 6013 ISSUED 1960, O`Dowdas rendition on this old LP is excellent, although having just listened to i, the words of the first verse are different to all on here.
On wings of song I will bear thee,

My loved one far beyond, with Aisan scenes unfolding,

The beginning of the first verse leaves our seekers with one more puzzle.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings Of Song (Eng)
From: ard mhacha
Date: 02 Oct 07 - 06:08 AM

The Brendan O'Dowda rendition, Verse 1:

On wings of song I will bear thee
My loved one far beyond
With Asian scenes unfolding
A heaven of beauty and sound
With flowers forever blooming
And silvery moonbeams shine
While lotus flowers ever guarding
Around their loved one's shrine.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,Bill Entwistle
Date: 15 Jul 09 - 07:32 AM

I am amazed at the number of different versions there are in English. The one I learnt at school nearly sixty years ago went something like this:

On wings of song far sailing,
To distant lands we'll go,
there a dreamland unveiling,
We'll wend where the Ganges flow,
The Lotus flower awakens,
To sooth her sister so.

There is a bit missed out and I cannot remember the other verses but I am desperate to find them. Any offers


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WINGS OF SONG
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 11:43 AM

Yet another one, from A Harvest of German Verse selected and translated by Margarete Anna Adelheid Münsterberg (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1916):


ON WINGS OF SONG

On wings of song--ah, lightly,
Heart's dearest, I bear thee away:
A nook is beckoning brightly
Where Ganges' waters play.

A blooming red garden is lying
In moonlight calm and clear,
The lotos flowers are sighing
For thee, their sister dear.

The violets banter and slyly
They peep at the star-rays pale,
The roses are whispering shyly
Some fragrant fairy-tale.

The gentle gazelles come leaping,
And hearken what we say;
The sacred river is sweeping
And murmuring far away.

Beloved, let us be sinking
Under the shady palm,
The blissful quiet drinking
And dreaming dreams of balm.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WINGS OF SONG AND MUSIC
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 11:52 AM

From Real and Ideal by John William Weidemeyer (Philadelphia: Frederick Leypoldt, 1865):


ON WINGS OF SONG AND MUSIC.

ON wings of song and music,
Beloved, I'd waft thee away,
To the flowering banks of Ganges,
Forever blooming and gay.

Its floral realm shall receive thee,
Illumed by the silent moon;
There the lotus flowers are longing
To greet their companion soon.

There violets nod and flutter,
Or gaze on the stars above;
And roses, with eloquent fragrance,
Recount their legends of love.

Within the spice-groves are lurking
The innocent, cunning gazelles;
And distant is heard the rushing
Of the holy tide, as it swells.

Under the palm will we linger,
Housed from the open skies,
In raptures of love and contentment—
Dreaming with open eyes.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WINGS OF SONG, BELOV'D ONE (Todhunter)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 11:58 AM

From Heine's Books of Songs by Heinrich Heine, translated by John Todhunter (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907):


IX.

ON wings of song, Belov'd One,
Away I'll waft thee, to where
I know in the plains of the Ganges
A secret nook most fair.

There sleeps a rich-blossoming garden,
Calm in the still moonlight:
The lotus-flowers are awaiting
Their dearest Sister to-night.

The violets laugh as they prattle,
And gaze on the stars in their spheres
Odorous legends the roses
Breathe low in each others' ears.

There bound, and stand shyly listening,
The gentle timid gazelles;
Afar, from the sacred river,
The waves' deep murmur swells.

There, under the palms reclining,
We'll drink, by the sacred stream,
Of love and rest in full measure,
And blissful dreams will we dream.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WINGS OF SONG I'D BEAR THEE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Jul 09 - 12:03 PM

From Heinrich Heine's Memoirs by Heinrich Heine, edited by Gustav Karpeles, translated by Gilbert Cannan (New York: John Lane Company, 1910):

On wings of song I'd bear thee
Away whom I loved so well;
Away to the Ganges' prairie;
I know where 'tis fair to dwell.

There in the still noon is sleeping
A gorgeous-flowered grove;
The lotus-flowers are keeping
Watch for the sister they love.

The violets prattle and flutter,
And gaze at the stars above ;
In secret the roses utter
Their fragrant stories of love.

Lithe, gentle gazelle, come bounding
Nearer to list to the rose;
Afar you may hear resounding,
The Sacred Stream as it flows.

There will we slumber, sinking
Beneath the palm to rest;
Love and repose in-drinking,
And dreaming dreams thrice-blest.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Nov 09 - 04:49 PM

On wings of song far sailing,
To distant lands we'll go,
there a dreamland unveiling,
We'll wend where the Ganges flow,
A garden with fair roses laden
lies bathed in moonlight clear
The Lotus flowers awaken,
To greet their sister, dear.

The Lotus flowers awaken,
To greet their sister, dear


The nodding violets unbending
disclose fond secrets of love.
Roses sweet perfume are sending
to hail the bright stars above.
Then, soft, in covet hiding,
the shy gazelle will be.
The river slowly gliding
flows out to meet the sea.

The river slowly gliding
flows out to meet the sea.


And there, 'neath the palms reclining,
so free from the world we'll seem.
All earthly cares entwining
shall fade away in dream.
Shall fade,
shall fade,
shall fade away in dream.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,Celerino Aninon
Date: 29 Nov 09 - 01:47 PM

This is my version:
On wings of song I'll praise Thee
My Lord Jesus for each day

....the tune is beautiful that I like to sing
it to the Lord ....for giving me joy unspeakable
...for everyone who longs for His coming
...anybody who is good at making poem...please
add....thank you


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Eng)
From: GUEST,Sylvia
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 11:41 PM

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....


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WINGS OF SONG (tr. Paul England)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:56 PM

Another version; lyrics copied from The Boy Choir & Soloist Directory:

ON WINGS OF SONG
Translated by Paul England (1864-1932)

On wings of song I'll bear thee, To those fair Asian lands,
Where the broad wave of the Ganges Flows on through its flowery strands.
For there in a roseate garden, Where the moon-charmed breeze is dumb,
Thy lovely kin, the lotus, Wait till their sister come.
The lovely lotus are waiting Until their sister come.

The violets whisper together, And gaze on the starlit skies,
Tenderly swaying, the roses Will mingle their perfumed sighs.
Over the leaves come leaping The soft-eyed wary gazelles,
And from the sacred river A distant murmur swells.
And from the sacred river A distant murmur swells.

Beneath the palm-tree shadow, Stretch'd on the breathing flow'rs,
We'll drink the love-laden silence, And dream through blissful hours.
And dream through blissful hours, dream through the hours!

[Sheet music for this version can be seen at the website of Indiana University.}


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WINGS OF SONG (tr. George H Clutsam)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 04:17 PM

Copied from Thomas A. Copeland's web site at Youngstown State University:


ON WINGS OF SONG
Translated by George Howard Clutsam

On wings of song I'll bear thee, my heart's love, far away,
Speeding fast over the palm trees where Ganges' blue waters play.
Where hidden in glorious garden, beneath the gleaming moon,
The lotus flowers are longing to see their sister soon.
The lotus flowers are longing to see their sister soon.

The violets smiling and timid greet coyly the stars high above;
Roses are whisp'ring in secret their stories of innocent love.
And there, in its freedom, wanders the timid, gentle gazelle,
While, in the distance, murmurs the flowing stream's soft spell.
While, in the distance, murmurs the flowing stream's soft spell.

Together we'll rest, beloved, praying the gods will send
A dream that knows no waking, a love that knows no end,
A love that knows no end,
That knows no end.

[Sheet music for this version can be seen at The National Library of Australia website.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,BOB GRANT GEELONG
Date: 12 Jun 10 - 01:29 AM

The lyrics and tune were sung at the South Street Competitions in Ballarat, Victoria, bu the Ballarat High School Choir in 1954. The music teacher who arranged the words was Bruce Keck. He was alive and kicking and played piano at the Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery every Sunday morning. At last info. Gathering.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Homi
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 11:34 AM

On wings of song I'll bear thee,
Enchanted realms to see,
Come oh my love prepare thee
In dreamland to wander with me,
A garden I know of roses,
With moonlight silver'd o'er,
While on the lake reposes
A balmy lotus flower

The bended violets whisper .....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Robert Esch
Date: 01 Oct 11 - 05:53 PM

I sang this when I was 11 (in 1951), and have been listening to my own recording. Here's what I have heard. But hearing is not one of my best senses at this date!

1. I'll bear thee off my dearest, upon the wings of my song.
Off to a spot that I know of, where Gangees roll along.
For there in a beatiful garden, where Cynthia rise in state.
Along the bosom to thee dear, where vile like praise for him.
Where Lotus blossoms are clinging, my darling sister rests.

2. Where violets whisper together, and peep at the stars when they die.
And there with each other the roses, their sweet scent of fairy tales tell.
The dainty Gazelles will answer, and cautiously implore.
While aye is wooing the distant, the sacred rivers roll.
While aye is wooing the distant, the sacred rivers roll.

3. And there we shall lie together, there by the flowering breeze.
In love and peace forever, and dream our happy dream.
And dream our happy dream, our happy dream.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Robert Esch
Date: 01 Oct 11 - 07:58 PM

In verse 1, line 4 the word "praise" may be "prays." In verse 2, line 1, I think it is "peek at the stars when they glow." In verse 2, line 2, "their sweet scented fairy tales tell."


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Subject: Lyr Add: ON WINGS OF SONG (Heine/Mendelssohn)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 08:59 AM

These lyrics are copied from the liner notes of an album "Love's Old Sweet Songs: Musical Treasures from Victoria Hall" by Donna Bennett, soprano, and Brian Finley, piano (Marquis Classics, 1997). The translator isn't named.


ON WINGS OF SONG, Op. 34, No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn, arr. B. Finley/Heinrich Heine

I'll bear thee off, my dearest, upon the wings of my song,
Off to a spot that I know of, where Ganges rolls along.
For there in a beautiful garden, in moonlight still and clear,
The lotus flowers blossom, for you, their sister dear!

The violets whisper together, and peek at the stars from their dell,
And there to each other the roses their sweet-scented fairy-tales tell.
The dainty gazelles will listen, and cautiously explore,
While aye is heard in the distance the sacred river's roar.

And there we shall lie together, there by the palmy streams,
In love and peace forever, and dream our happy dreams.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Heidi
Date: 14 Oct 11 - 03:02 PM

My English foreign exchange student "sister" and I used to sing this song (she brought the music from ENgland) and we've had a reunion now 50 years later. We're trying to remember the lyrics, but ours started:

My mind in fancy wanders
Midst woods and fields of spring
I hear the (something) and the (something)
That flow'rs in April bring

The little gazelle....

It all works perfectly to the Mendelssohn setting...can anyone help?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Oct 11 - 08:44 PM

WorldCat.org lists a duet arrangement called On Wings of Song = My Mind in Fancy Wanders music by Mendelssohn, words by Delia Stuart, arr. by Henry Geehl (London: Ashdown, 1939).

By clicking the link to WorldCat, you might be able to find a copy in a library near you.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jan 12 - 05:20 AM

I learnt this version at school, but I can't remember the second verse:

On wings of song beloved
together let us fly
where 'neath the swaying palm trees
the ganges flows gently by
for there lies a wondrous garden
a charming moonlit bower
where lotus blossoms await thee
their lovely sister flower
where lotus blossoms await thee
their lovely sister flower


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Guest, Joan
Date: 05 Mar 13 - 02:39 AM

I learned this song in 1971-72 at school. What I remember is

On wings of song I'll bear thee away to fairy land.
There lies my sweet-scented garden awaiting your dainty hand.
The moonbeams are filling my garden with silvery lanterns of light.
And lotus flowers are waiting to welcome thee tonight.
And lotus flowers are waiting to welcome thee tonight.

The rose and violet blossom for thee in this garden so rear
Stars are above in the heaven aglow in the scent-laden air.
Away in the distant shadows the woodland creatures play
... rejoicing on its way

That's as much as I remember from 1972. This is a beautiful song and wish I could remember the rest.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 26 May 13 - 02:27 PM

Does anyone remember the tune (On Wings of Song) being used on a radio programme around the 1950s or 60s? Im sure it used to introduce a regular weekly programme of some sort.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Feb 14 - 05:19 AM

These are the lyrics I know & sang as a teenager, & that were on the sheet music I had:

On Wings of Song

On song's bright pinions ranges
My airy flight with thee,
Hence! to the bank of the Ganges,
My loved one, oh, come with me;
A garden we'll seek that's perfuming
The tranquil midnight air,
The lotus flow'rs brightly blooming,
Await a sister there,
The lotus flow'rs brightly blooming,
Await a sister there.

Each violet peeps from its dwelling
To gaze at the bright stars above,
Roses each other are telling,
Wild legends of faery and love.
The trembling leaves scarcely brushing,
Gazelles pause to list to each word,
While in the distance rushing
The sacred stream is heard,
While in the distance rushing
The sacred stream is heard.

Beneath the tall palm trees sinking,
There we will gently rest,
From love's pure fountain drinking,
We'll dream the dreams of the blest,
From love's pure fountain drinking,
We'll dream the dreams of the blest.

[Found here, but no translator is named.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: TILL MY LOVE COMES TO ME (from Doris Day)
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Feb 14 - 08:51 PM

TILL MY LOVE COMES TO ME
Written by Ray Heindorf & Paul Francis Webster
Based on Mendelssohn's "On Wings of Song"
As recorded by Doris Day

The night is dressed up for dreaming
And on the meadows below
A star falls out of the heavens
And fades in the afterglow

The wind embraces the willow
The ivy clings to the tree
My arms are waiting to hold my love
Wherever my lover may be

And so I'll walk in the moonlight
Till my love comes to me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Dreamland
Date: 03 Aug 14 - 11:58 PM

I did a solofest version of this song that went:

on wings of song through dreamland
a love affair of ...
.... stream land
....

And then it talked about Palm trees and lotus flowers and a sister but that's all I remember.

This thread helped jog my memory a little but none of these are what I remember. I guess there are multiple versions that make this way harder to find than I previously thought.

I wish I kept the lyrics.

Does anyone know this arragement? I've tried googling for the lyrics but nothing has worked so far. I'll keep trying, and maybe ask my old teacher who gave out the sheet music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,ken Bruce
Date: 03 Sep 14 - 02:45 PM

On wings of song far sailing to distant lands I'll go
and there a dream land unveiling I'll wend by the Ganges flow.
A garden with fair roses laden lies bathed in moonlight clear....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,guest marcia whittaker
Date: 28 Sep 14 - 05:33 AM

I remember singing this song in 6th grade. It went something like:

On wings of song I will take thee to India love we will go.
There a sweet garden I will make thee where Ganges' deep waters flow.
A garden there brightly is shining beneath the moon so clear
and lotus flowers are all pining to see there sister dear
and lotus flowers are pining to see there sister dear.

The violets whisper and thither while roses tell stories of love
eyeing the stars as they glitter and merrily twinkle above.
The freely happily ranges the gentle Willie gazelles
and in the distance Ganges flows on now hears them well
and in the distance Ganges flows on now hear them well.

This is to my best recollection.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Margaret Mathias
Date: 07 Feb 16 - 02:43 AM

Thank you for this my Mum used to sing it so beautifully -so grateful to you


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,June Hughes
Date: 26 Apr 16 - 09:52 AM

Thank you so much for these lyrics I sang these in school Happy memories


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,Mike L
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 08:22 PM

a very good rendition including written lyrics on Carol Lenner 1935 production recording on youtube at be patient as other songs must be heard first.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_Y6NBXQcdo

These lyrics are closer to what I learned at Dore School about 1947-1950 from Music Teacher Miss Cruikshank. I was a boy soprano at the time (out of breath now for even a broken baritone) and sang this with the school choir. I remember the emphasis my teacher put on holding "waiting" for nine bars.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 May 17 - 01:48 PM

This is the one I learnt and was in my School Song Book 48 years ago


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: On Wings of Song (Heine, Mendelssohn)
From: GUEST,ziggydamaestro
Date: 02 Jul 17 - 10:02 AM

This is as much as I can remember

V1: My mind in fancy wanders
In woods and fields of Spring
I see the birds and the blossoms
That showers in April bring
The starlings, they scold and they chatter
The bluebells bow to the breeze
The wind is softly singing a message to the trees
The wind is softly singing a message to the trees

V2 - can't remember!

V3: At night time the woods are sleeping
Bright shines the moon above
__________________laughter
Of children's play that they love
Of children's play that they love
Of play they love

I believe the musical director of Dowlais Male Choir in South Wales will have the full lyrics to this version - perhaps contact her?


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