by Heinrich Hart (1855 - 1906)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Nacht fließt in Tag und Tag in Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nacht fließt in Tag und Tag in Nacht,
Der Bach zum Strom, der Strom zum Meer -
In Tod zerrinnt des Lebens Pracht,
Und Tod zeugt Leben licht und hehr.

Und jeder Geist, der brünstig strebt,
Dringt wie ein Quell in alle Welt, --
Was du erlebst, hab' ich erlebt,
Was mich erhellt, hat dich erhellt.

All' sind wir eines Baums Getrieb,
Ob [Zweig, ob Ast]1, ob Mark, ob Blatt -
Gleich hat Natur uns Alle lieb,
Sie unser Aller Ruhestatt.

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1 Schoenberg: "Ast, ob Zweig"

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Line count: 12
Word count: 80

Night flows into day and day into night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Night flows into day and day into night,
The brook into the river, the river into the ocean;
The splendour of life melts away into death,
And death begets life, light and sublime.

And any soul that strives with ardor
Breaks out into all the world like a wellspring	--
What you underwent, I have undergone,
What enlightened me, enlightened you.

We are all part of one tree,
Whether twig or branch or pith or leaf --
Nature loves us all the same, [for]
she is the resting place of us all.

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Translation of titles:
"Natur" = "Nature"
"Alleins" = "The unity of all things" (with thanks to Bertram Kottmann for suggesting that "Alleins" could mean "Alles ist eins" (more literally, "All is a unity")


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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 90