by Johann Peter Uz (1720 - 1796)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Die Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
  Du verstörst uns nicht, o Nacht!
Sieh! wir trinken im Gebüsche;
Und ein kühler Wind erwacht,
Daß er unsern Wein erfrische.

  Mutter holder Dunkelheit,
Nacht! Vertraute süßer Sorgen,
Die betrogner Wachsamkeit
Viele Küsse schon verborgen!

  Dir allein sey mitbewußt,
Welch Vergnügen mich berausche,
[Wann]1 ich an geliebter Brust
Unter Thau und Bluhmen lausche!

  Murmelt ihr, [wann]2 alles ruht,
Murmelt, [sanftbewegte]3 Bäume,
Bey dem Sprudeln [heischrer]4 Fluth,
Mich in wollustvolle Träume!

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Confirmed with Sämtliche Poetische Werke von J. P. Uz. Erster Band. Leipzig in der Dykischen Buchhandlung. 1768, pages 149-150; and with Poetische Werke von Johann Peter Uz. Zweyter Band. Nach seinen eigenhändigen Verbesserungen herausgegeben von Christian Felix Weisse. Wien. Bey J. V. Degen, Buchdrucker und Buchhändler. 1805, page 116.

1 Uz (1756 edition), and Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Wenn"
2 Uz (1756 edition), and Schubert: "wenn"
3 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "sanft bewegte"
4 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "heisrer"; Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "heiss'rer". The old German word heisch stands for heiser (= hoarse), not for heiß (= hot).

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "La nit", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De nacht", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Night", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La nuit", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-05-23 12:01:57
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Night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  You don’t disturb us, oh night!
See, we drink beneath the shrubbery, 
And a cool wind stirs,
And [makes] our wine refreshing.

  Mother, faithful darkness,
Night! confidante of [our] sweetest sorrows,
[You have] cheated vigilance
[By the] many kisses you’ve already hidden!

  You alone understand,
What pleasure intoxicates me,
[When]1 I, upon [her] bloved breast
rest beneath dew and flowers!

  They murmur to her, when all are asleep,
Murmur, gently moving trees,
In the effervescence of the imploring stream,
I [revel] in lascivious dreams!

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1 Schubert: "If"

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