Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Des Abendsterns ersehnter Schein
Beglänzt den Saum der Flut,
Der Knabe zieht den Kahn herein,
Der [still im]1 Hafen ruht.
"Mein Tagewerk ist [treu]2 vollbracht,
Doch, liebe Seele, sprich,
O sprich, wie soll die lange Nacht
Vergehn mir ohne dich?"
Am Ufer steht ein Weidenbaum
Und dran gelehnt ein Stein,
[Darunter]3 liegt in schmalem Raum
Ihr kaltes Totenbein.

J. Lang sets stanza 1

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1 Lang: "in dem"
2 Burgmüller: "nun"
3 Burgmüller: "Und drunter"


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

Researcher for this text: Claus-Christian Schuster

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 58

Fisher lad
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The longed-for gleam of the evening star
Shines upon the margin of the floodwaters,
The lad pulls in the boat
That lies [quietly]1 in the harbour.
"My day's work is [faithfully]2 completed,
But, dear soul, tell me,
Oh tell me, how shall the long night
Pass for me without you?"
On the shore stands a willow tree
And leaning against it a stone,
[Below]3 it lie in a narrow space
Her cold dead bones.

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1 omitted by Lang
2 Burgmüller: "now"
3 Burgmüller: "And below"


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 74