by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ein Licht im Traum 
Hat mich besucht, 
Es nahte kaum, 
[Und nahm]1 die Flucht.

Der Blick ist tief
Hier eingesenkt,
Den, als ich schlief,
Du mir geschenkt.

Hell dämmert mild 
Am Tage wach,
O Nachtgebild,
Dein Glanz mir nach.

Komm oft, O Stern,
In meiner Ruh!
Dir schließ' ich gern
Die Augen zu.

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1 Loewe: "da nahm's"


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Dream light", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Lumière en rêve", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John H. Campbell

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Lumière en rêve
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Une lumière dans un rêve
M'a rendu visite,
Elle s'est à peine approchée,
Et a pris son vol.

Le regard profondément
Ici a plongé,
Celui, pendant que je dormais,
Tu m'as accordé.

Claire et douce tu poins,
Veillant pendant le jour,
Ô image nocturne,
Ton éclat vers moi.

Viens souvent, ô étoile,
Pendant mon repos !
Pour toi je ferme volontiers
Mes yeux.


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Text added to the website: 2014-07-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-07-09 10:06:08
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Word count: 63