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Sun of the sleepless! melancholy star!

Language: English

Sun of the sleepless! melancholy star!
Whose tearful beam glows tremulously far!
That show'st the darkness thou canst not dispel,
How like art thou to joy remember'd well!
So gleams the past, the light of other days,
Which shines, but warms not with its powerless rays;
A nightbeam Sorrow watcheth to behold,
Distinct, but distant - clear - but, oh how cold!


Translation(s): FRE GER GER GER GER GER ITA RUS

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Sonne des Schlaflosen

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Schlafloser Augen Sonne! trüber Stern,
Dein thränenvoller Strahl erzittert fern, --

Du offenbarst die Nacht, die dir nicht weicht:
O wie dir ganz des Glücks Erinnrung gleicht!

So leuchtet längst vergangner Tage Licht,
Es scheint, doch wärmt sein matter Schimmer nicht.

Der wache Gram sieht eine Luftgestallt,
Scharf, aber fern! -- klar, aber ach -- wie kalt!


F. Nietzsche sets stanzas 1-2

Confirmed with Adolf Böttger (translator), Lord Byron's sämmtliche Werke, Leipzig: Verlag von Otto Wigand, 1839, page 758


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Based on
  • a text in English by George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824), "Sun of the sleepless", appears in Hebrew Melodies, no. 24, first published 1815 FRE ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Christopher Montague Edmunds, Adolph Martin Foerster, Arthur H. Gutman, Otto Luening, James Nary, Isaac Nathan, Samuel Harold Oakley, Humphrey Procter-Gregg, Ned Rorem, Bryceson Treharne, Thomas Van Dyke Wiesenthal. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2009-08-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-06-02 22:11:01

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