Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Manche Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wenn die Felder sich verdunkeln,
fühl' ich wird mein Auge heller;
schon versucht ein Stern zu funkeln,
und die Grillen [wispern]1 schneller.

Jeder Laut wird bilderreicher,
das Gewohnte sonderbarer,
hinterm Wald der Himmel bleicher,
jeder Wipfel hebt sich klarer;

Und du merkst es nicht im Schreiten
wie das Licht verhundertfältigt
sich entringt den Dunkelheiten.
Plötzlich stehst du überwältigt.

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1 Schnabel : "klingen"

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Some nights", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Certaine nuit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Some nights
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When the fields darken,
I feel that my eyes grow brighter;
Already a star is attempting to sparkle,
And the crickets [whisper]1 more quickly.

Every sound becomes more picturesque,
The everyday things more unusual,
Behind the forest the sky [becomes] paler,
Every treetop lifts itself more clearly;

And in your striding you do not notice
How the light, magnified a hundred times,
Struggles forth from the darknesses.
Suddenly you stand there, overwhelmed.

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1 Schnabel: "sound"

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