by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
   Sterne mit den goldnen Füßchen,
Wandeln droben bang und sacht,
Daß sie nicht die Erde wecken
Die da schläft im Schoß der Nacht.
   Horchend stehn die stummen Wälder,
Jedes Blatt ein grünes Ohr!
Und der Berg, wie träumend streckt er
Seinen Schattenarm hervor.
   Doch was rief [dort]1? In mein Herze
Dringt der Töne Widerhall.
War es der Geliebten Stimme,
Oder [nur]2 die Nachtigall?

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun., [no year], page 251

1 Franz, Wolf: "es"
2 Franz, Wolf: "war's"


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  • ENG English [singable] (John Sullivan Dwight) , "Stars with little golden feetlet"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Stelle dalle zampette d'oro", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Stars with little golden feet
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
   Stars with little golden feet
Are wandering above, anxiously and gently,
So that they do not waken the earth
That sleeps in the lap of night.
   Listening the mute forests stand,
Every leaf a green ear!
And the mountain, as in a dream,
Stretches forth its shadowy arm.
   But what called [yonder]1? Into my heart
Penetrates the echo of the sounds.
Was it the voice of my beloved,
Or [simply]2 the nightingale?

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Translated titles:
"Sterne mit den gold'nen Füßchen" = "Stars with little golden feet"
"Sterne" = "Stars"
"Nachtlied" = "Night song"
"Sommernacht" = "Summer night"
"Nachtstück" = "Night piece"
"Mainacht" = "May night"

1 omitted by Franz, Wolf
2 Franz, Wolf: "was it"


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