by Julius Wolff (1834 - 1910)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Schläfst du, Liebchen? schläfst du...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Schläfst du, Liebchen? schläfst du schon?
Laß kein Traum dich irren,
Horche, wie mit süßem Ton
Meine Saiten schwirren.
Blinkend lauschen alle Sterne
Auf mein Liedlein zur Quinterne,
Klimperlingklingkling! laß ein!
Liebe will bei Liebe sein.

Oder komm herunter sacht
Nur in leichter Hülle,
Daß sich in verschwiegner Nacht 
Unser Wunsch erfülle
Und beschirmt von dichten Zweigen
Innig sich die Herzen neigen.
Klimperlingklingkling! steh auf! 
Loser Fuß hat leisen Lauf.

Eilend rauscht der kleine Fluß,
Seine Wasser klingen,
Wellen tauschen Gruß und Kuß 
Flüchtig im Umschlingen.
Willst in meinen Arm dich schmiegen,
Will ich dich wie Wellen wiegen.
Klimperlingklingkling! mach' schnell!
Muth ist jeden Glücks Gesell.

Liebchen, holdes Liebchen, komm!
Schleiche auf den Zehen,
Laß mit Zaudern furchtsam fromm
Nicht die Zeit vergehen,
Daß der Morgen uns nicht grauet,
Eh' du mir dein Herz vertrauet.
Klimperlingklingkling! -- klingling!
Horch! der Riegel klirrt im Ring.

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

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Text added to the website: 2010-02-21 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-22 22:14:21
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Word count: 143

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Are you sleeping, darling? Are you already sleeping?
Do not let any dream disconcert you,
Listen how with a sweet tone
The strings [of my instrument] are vibrating;
Twinkling, all the stars are hearkening
To my little song sung to the accompaniment of the gittern,
Klimperlingklingkling!1 Let me in!
Love wishes to be near what it loves.

Or come down softly
Only clad in a light garment,
So that in the night, which keeps our secrets,
Our wish may come true,
And screened by dense branches
Our hearts may incline toward each other fervently.
Klimperlingklingkling! Get up!
A shoeless foot treads lightly.

Rapidly the little river rushes onward,
Its waters are ringing,
Waves are exchanging greetings and kisses
Quickly as they embrace one another.
If you wish me to cradle you in my arms,
I shall rock you as waves do.
Klimperlingklingkling! Hurry up!
Courage is the companion of every good fortune.

Darling, lovely darling, come!
Approach on tiptoe,
Do not let time pass
With anxious, pious fears,
So that morning may not dawn
Until you have entrusted your heart to me.
Klimperlingklingkling! -- klingling!
Listen, the latch is rattling in its catch.

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1 untranslatable nonsense syllables, passim.


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Text added to the website: 2014-06-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-22 22:13:45
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