by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Willst du mich sogleich verlassen?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Willst du mich sogleich verlassen?
Warst im Augenblick so nah!
Dich umfinstern Wolkenmassen
Und nun bist du gar nicht da.

Doch du fühlst, wie ich betrübt bin,
Blickt dein Rand herauf als Stern!
Zeugest mir, daß ich geliebt bin,
Sei das Liebchen noch so fern.

So hinan denn! hell und heller,
Reiner Bahn, in voller Pracht!
Schlägt mein Herz auch schmerzlich schneller,
Überselig ist die Nacht.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

Do you want to leave me immediately?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Do you want to leave me immediately?
A moment ago you were so close!
You are occluded by masses of clouds
And now you are no longer there.

But yet you can sense, how distressed I am,
Your edge emerges [and shines] upwards like a star!
You give me evidence that I am loved,
Even though [you, my] sweetheart are still so far away.

So rise then, bright and brighter,
On a clear course, in full splendor!
My heart beats painfully faster, [and]
Most blessed is the night.

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Translator's notes:
Line 1-3: comparing the beloved to a celestial object, like a moon or sun
Line 2-2: describes a small burst of light from the edge of a celestial body that peeks out from an eclipse or cloud.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 88