Language: German (Deutsch)
Um Mitternacht, ich schlief, im Busen wachte
Das liebevolle Herz, als wär es Tag;
Der Tag erschien, mir war als ob es nachte -
Was ist es mir, so viel er bringen mag?
Sie fehlte ja; mein emsig Tun und Streben
Für sie allein ertrug ichs durch die Glut
Der heißen Stunde; welch erquicktes Leben
Am kühlen Abend! lohnend war's und gut.
Die Sonne sank, und Hand in Hand verpflichtet
Begrüßten wir den letzten Segensblick,
Und Auge sprach, in's Auge klar gerichtet:
Von Osten, hoffe nur, sie kommt zurück!
Um Mitternacht! der Sterne Glanz geleitet
Im holden Traum zur Schwelle, wo sie ruht.
O sei auch mir dort auszuruhn bereitet,
Wie es auch sei, das Leben, es ist gut!
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "The bridegroom", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Word count: 119
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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)
At midnight, [as] I slept, in [my] breast [lay] awake
my devoted heart, as if it were day;
Day broke, [but] it seemed to me as if it were nighttime -
What’s it to me, [if] the day brings all this?
Yes, she was missing; [all] my diligent efforts and intentions [have been]
For her alone, I’ve endured through the heat
Of the hottest hours [of the day]; [but] what a refreshing life [was possible]
In the cool evening: it was rewarding and good.
The sun set, and bound [together] hand in hand
We welcomed a last view of benediction,
And looking directly into each other’s eyes, said:
From the East, I hope at least, it will rise again!
At midnight, the star's light leads [me]
In a lovely dream to the threshold, [of the place] where she rests.
Oh, let me also prepare to rest there!
However else life seems, this is good!
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