by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation Singable translation © by Erich Adolf Saudek (1904 - 1963)

Dämmrung senkte sich von oben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE SPA
Dämmrung senkte sich von oben,
Schon ist alle Nähe fern;
Doch zuerst emporgehoben
Holden Lichts der Abendstern!
Alles schwankt in's Ungewisse,
Nebel schleichen in die Höh';
Schwarzvertiefte Finsternisse
Widerspiegelnd ruht der See.

[Nun]1 [am]2 östlichen Bereiche
Ahn' ich Mondenglanz und Gluth,
Schlanker Weiden Haargezweige
Scherzen auf der nächsten Fluth.
Durch bewegter Schatten Spiele
Zittert Luna's Zauberschein,
Und durch's Auge [schleicht]3 die Kühle
Sänftigend in's Herz hinein.

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke Stuttgart und Tübingen, Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1833, Band 47, page 52. Note: modern spelling would change "Gluth" to "Glut" and "Fluth" to "Flut".

1 Diepenbrock: "Dort,"
2 some recent editions of Goethe's work have "im"
3 Grimm: "zieht"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Florence T. Jameson) , "Twilight from above has fallen"
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Frieda Boutarel) (Amédée Boutarel) , "L'ombre tombe lente et pâle"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , no title, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Soumrak
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Soumrak shůry sesouvá se
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