by Joseph Viktor von Scheffel (1826 - 1886)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Nun liegt die Welt umfangen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nun [liegt]1 die Welt umfangen
Von starrer Winternacht,
Was frommt's, daß am Kamin ich
Entschwund'ner Lieb gedacht?

Das Feuer will erlöschen,
Das letzte Scheit verglüht,
Die Flammen werden Asche,
Das ist das End vom Lied,

Das End vom alten Liede,
Mir fällt kein neues ein,
Als Schweigen und Vergessen --
Und wann vergäß' ich dein?

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1 Brückler: "ist"; further changes may exist not shown above.


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Now the world lies enfolded
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Now the world [lies]1 enfolded
By numbing winter night,
Of what use is it that at the fireside
I thought of vanished love?

The fire wants to die down,
The last log is burning out,
The flames are becoming ashes,
That is the end of the song,

The end of the old song,
I can think of no new one
Except [a song of] falling silent and forgetting --
And when would I ever forget you?

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Translated titles:
"Winternacht" = "Winter's night"
"Nun ist die Welt umfangen" = "Now the world is enfolded"
"Nun liegt die Welt umfangen" = "Now the world lies enfolded"
"Wann vergess' ich Dein?" = "When shall I forget you?"

1 Brückler: "is"


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