by Karl (or Carl) Busse (1872 - 1918)
Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Schöne Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Schöne Nacht,
Gestirne wandeln
Heilig über dir,
Und des Tags bewegtes Handeln,
Stillt zum Traum sich hier.

Was ich sehne,
Was ich fühle
Ist nun doppelt mein,
Ach in deiner keuschen Kühle,
Wird es gut und rein.

Und so bringst du
Diese Erde,
Bringst mein Herz zur Ruh,
Daß es still und stiller werde,
Schöne Nacht wie du. 

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Beautiful night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Beautiful night, 
stars travel,
holy, across you,
and day’s active trading
quiets down to dreaming.

What I long for, 
what I feel
is now doubly my own.
Ah, in your chaste coolness
it becomes good and pure.

And thus you bring 
this earth,
as well as my heart, to rest,
so that it becomes quieter and quieter,
beautiful night, as you are.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-10-19
Line count: 15
Word count: 62