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Muß immer der Morgen wiederkommen?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Muß immer der Morgen wiederkommen?
Endet nie des Irdischen Gewalt?
Unselige Geschäftigkeit verzehrt
den himmlischen Anflug der Nacht.
Wird nie der Liebe geheimes Opfer ewig brennen?
Zugemessen ward dem Lichte seine [Zeit]1;
aber zeitlos [und raumlos]2 ist der Nacht Herrschaft. -- 
Ewig ist die Dauer des Schlafs.
[Heiliger Schlaf -- beglücke zu selten nicht
der Nacht Geweihte in diesem irdischen Tagewerk.
Nur die Toren verkennen dich und wissen 
von keinem Schlafe, als dem Schatten,
den du in jener Dämmerung der wahrhaften Nacht
mitleidig auf uns wirfst. Sie fühlen dich nicht
in der goldenen Flut der Trauben --
in des Mandelbaums Wunderöl,
und dem braunen Safte des Mohnes.
Sie wissen nicht, daß du es bist
der des zarten Mädchens Busen umschwebt
und zum Himmel den Schooss macht --
[ahnden]2 nicht, daß aus alten Geschichten
du himmelöffnend entgegentrittst
und den Schlüssel trägst zu den Wohnungen 
der Seligen, unendlicher Geheimnisse schweigender Bote.]3


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1 Hindemith: "Zeit und dem Wachen"
2 Diepenbrock: "ahnen"
3 omitted by Hindemith.

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Must the morning always return?

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Must the morning always return?
Will the despotism of the earthly never cease?
Unholy activity consumes
the angel-visit of the Night.
Will the time never come
when Love's hidden sacrifice shall burn eternally?
To the Light a season was set;
but everlasting and boundless
is the dominion of the Night.
Endless is the duration of sleep.
Holy Sleep, gladden not too seldom in this earthly day-labour,
the devoted servant of the Night.
Fools alone mistake thee,
knowing nought of sleep but the shadow
which, in the gloaming of the real night,
thou pitifully castest over us.
They feel thee not in the golden flood of the grapes,
in the magic oil of the almond tree,
and the brown juice of the poppy.
They know not that it is thou
who hauntest the bosom of the tender maiden,
and makest a heaven of her lap;
never suspect it is thou, the portress of heaven,
that steppest to meet them out of ancient stories,
bearing the key to the dwellings of the blessed, 
the silent messenger of secrets infinite.


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Confirmed with George MacDonald, Rampolli: Growths from a Long Planted Root. Being Translations, New and Old, Chiefly from the German, Longmans, Green & Co., London, 1897.


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