by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bulbuls Nachtlied durch die Schauer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Bulbuls Nachtlied durch die Schauer
Drang zu Allahs lichtem Throne,
Und dem Wohlgesang zum Lohne
Sperrt' er sie in goldnen Bauer.
Dieser sind des Menschen Glieder.
Zwar sie fühlet sich beschränket:
Doch, wenn sie es recht bedenket,
Singt das Seelchen immer wieder.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Bulbul (The nightingale)", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Matthias Gräff-Schestag

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 42

Bulbul (The nightingale)
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Through frissons of awe the night-song of the nightingale
Penetrated to Allah's bright throne,
And to reward the beautiful singing
He locked [the bird] in a golden cage.
These are the limbs of man.
To be sure the nightingale feels constrained:
But when it thinks about it carefully,
The little soul sings again and again.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 55