by Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

How dear to me the hour
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
How dear to me the hour when daylight dies,
And sunbeams melt along the silent sea,
For then sweet dreams of other days arise,
And memory breathes her vesper sigh to thee. 

And, as I watch the line of light, that plays
Along the smooth wave toward the burning west,
I long to tread that golden path of rays,
And think 'twould lead to some bright isle of rest.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Combien m'est chère l'heure", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-03
Line count: 8
Word count: 69

Wie teuer mir die Stund’, wenn stirbt...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wie teuer mir die Stund’, wenn stirbt das Licht,
wenn langsam es zerrinnt im stillen Meer;
dann treten Träume mir vors Angesicht:
Sie hauchen Seufzer dir, erinn’rungsschwer.

Und blick ich nach der Sonne Feuerrad,
das auf den Wogen rollt dem Westen zu,
wünscht’ ich mich selbst auf diesem goldnen Pfad,
und denk, er führt zur Insel sel’ger Ruh.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-07-02
Line count: 8
Word count: 58