by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Es blendete uns die Mondnacht...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Es blendete uns die Mondnacht. 
Vögel schrien von Baum zu Baum. 
In den Feldern sauste es. 
Wir krochen durch den Staub, ein Schlangenpaar.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "We were blinded by moonlight", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le clair de lune nous éblouissait...", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani

Text added to the website: 2009-05-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:14
Line count: 4
Word count: 23

We were blinded by moonlight
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
We were blinded by moonlight. 
Birds screeched from the trees. 
Through the fields, wind rushed. 
We crawled through the dust, a pair of snakes.


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Text added to the website: 2020-01-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2020-01-08 02:53:03
Line count: 4
Word count: 24