by (Johann) Gottfried Kinkel (1815 - 1882)
Translation © by Anja Bunzel

Ringsum auf allen Plätzen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ringsum auf allen Plätzen
Schläft unbewegt die Nacht.
Am blauen Himmel stehet
Der Mond in voller Pracht.

So totenstill sind beide,
Das alt' und neue Rom,
Und selbst ihr Riesenwächter
Nickt ein -- Sankt Peters Dom.

Nur wunderbar noch rauschen
Die Brunnen nah und fern.
Die halten wach die Seele
Die selbst entschliefe gern.

Die spülen aus dem Herzen
Leise das alte Leid.
Im blauen Mondlicht dämmert
Weit fort die alte Zeit!

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Roman night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Motionless, the night sleeps 
Above all squares.
The glorious moon shines 
Down from the blue sky.

The old and new Rome
Are deadly silent,
Even its giant guard
Falls asleep – St. Peter’s Basilica.

Only the fountains rustle
Beautifully near and far.
They keep awake the soul
That is longing to sleep as well.

Quietly, they rinse the woe gone by
Out of the heart.
The old times are dawning
In the blue moon light!


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Text added to the website: 2014-07-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-07-25 17:16:20
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