by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798 - 1874) and sometimes misattributed to Josef Wenzig (1807 - 1876)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Dunkel, wie dunkel in Wald und in Feld!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Sorbian (Lusatian) 
Available translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FRE FRI ITA SPA
Dunkel, wie dunkel in Wald und in Feld!
  Abend schon ist es, nun schweiget die Welt.

Nirgend noch Licht und nirgend noch Rauch,
  Ja, und die Lerche sie schweiget nun auch.

Kommt aus dem Dorfe der Bursche heraus,
  Gibt das Geleit der Geliebten nach Haus,

Führt sie am Weidengebüsche vorbei,
  Redet so viel und so mancherlei:

"Leidest du Schmach und betrübest du dich,
  Leidest du Schmach von andern um mich,

Werde die Liebe getrennt so geschwind,
  Schnell, wie wir früher vereiniget sind.

Scheide mit Regen und scheide mit Wind,
  Schnell wie wir früher vereiniget sind."

Spricht das Mägdelein, Mägdelein spricht:
  "Unsere Liebe sie trennet sich nicht!

Fest ist der Stahl und das Eisen gar sehr,
  Unsere Liebe ist fester noch mehr.

Eisen und Stahl, man schmiedet sie um,
  Unsere Liebe, wer wandelt sie um?

Eisen und Stahl, sie können zergehn,
  Unsere Liebe muß ewig bestehn!"

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Over eeuwige liefde", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2018
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "D'amour éternel", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Dell'amore eterno", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alvaro De la Cruz) , "Del amor eterno", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 22
Word count: 145

Dark, how dark in wood and field!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Dark, how dark in wood and field!
Evening has already fallen, and now the world is silent.

Nowhere is there light and nowhere is there smoke,
Yes, and even the lark is now silent as well.

Out of the village there comes a young lad,
Taking his sweetheart home,

He leads her past the willow bushes,
  Talking so much and about so many things:

"If you suffer disgrace and feel dejected,
If others shame you about me, 

Then let our love be sundered as swiftly,
As quickly as we were united before.

It will go with the rain, it will go with the wind,
As quickly as we were united before."

The maiden speaks, the maiden says:
"Our love will not be sundered!

Steel is strong, and iron is very strong;
Our love is even stronger.

Iron and steel can be reforged,
[But] our love - who could alter it?

Iron and steel can be melted down,
[But] our love will exist forever!"

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Von ewiger Liebe" = "Of eternal love"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2018 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-29
Line count: 22
Word count: 163