by James Joyce (1882 - 1941)
Translation © by Walter Riemer

Sleep now, O sleep now
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Sleep now, O sleep now,
  O you unquiet heart!
A voice crying "Sleep now"
  Is heard in my heart.

The voice of the winter
  Is heard at the door.
O sleep, for the winter
  Is crying "Sleep no more."

My kiss will give peace now
  And quiet to your heart -
Sleep on in peace now,
  O you unquiet heart!

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 60

Schlafe nur, o schlafe nur
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Schlafe nur, o schlafe nur,
du mein unruhiges Herz!
Eine Stimme mit dem Ruf „Schlafe nur”
ertönt mir im Herzen.
Die Stimme des Winters
wird laut an der Tür.
O schlafe, denn der Winter
ruft: „Nicht schlafen.”
Mein Kuss gibt Frieden jetzt
und Ruhe deinem Herzen.
Schlaf denn in Frieden,
du mein unruhiges Herz!

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Translation of title "Sleep now" = "Schlafe nur"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-10-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 54