by John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Asleep! O sleep a little while, white...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Asleep! O sleep a little while, white pearl!
And let me kneel, and let me pray to thee,
And let me call Heaven's blessing on thine eyes,
And let me breathe into the happy air
That doth enfold and touch thee all about,
Vows of my slavery, my giving up,
My sudden adoration, my great love!

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Confirmed with Keats, John. Poetical Works. London: Macmillan, 1884;, 1999.


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 7
Word count: 56

Schlafend! O schlafe eine Zeitlang,...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Schlafend! O schlafe eine Zeitlang, weiße Perle!
Und lass mich knien, und lass mich dich anbeten,
Und lass mich den Segen des Himmels auf deine Augen erflehen,
Und lass mich in die wonnige Luft
Die dich umgibt und überall berührt,
Die Schwüre meiner Knechtschaft, meines Entbehrens,
Meiner plötzlichen Verehrung, meiner großen Liebe hineinhauchen!

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Translated titles:
"Adoration" = "Verehrung"
"Asleep! O sleep a little while" = "Schlafend! O schlafe eine Zeitlang"
"A lullaby of love" = "Ein Schlummerlied der Liebe"
"White Pearl" = "Weiße Perle"
"Asleep" = "Schlafend"


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This text was added to the website: 2013-11-10
Line count: 7
Word count: 53