Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Letzte Bitte
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Leg' deine Hand auf meine Augen
daß mein Blut wie Meeresnächte dünkelt:
Fern im Nachen lauscht der Tod.

Leg' deine Hand auf meine Augen,
bis mein Blut wie Himmelsnächte funkelt:
Silbern rauscht das schwarze Boot.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Dernière prière", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 35

Dernière prière
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Pose ta main sur mes yeux
que mon sang s'assombrisse comme les nuits de la mer :
Au loin, dans sa barque, la mort guette.

Pose ta main sur mes yeux,
jusqu'à ce que mon sang étincelle comme les nuits du ciel :
Le bateau noir bruisse comme de l'argent.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2013 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-12-12
Line count: 6
Word count: 50