Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Überm Lande die Sterne
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Überm Lande die Sterne
Machen die Runde bei Nacht,
Mein Schatz ist in der Ferne,
Liegt am Feuer auf der Wacht.

Übers Feld bellen Hunde;
Wenn der Mondschein erblich,
Rauscht der Wald auf im Grunde:
Reiter, jetzt hüte dich!

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When first published in 1828, the poem "Nacht" was one stanza long (usually referred to as Nacht Teil 1); in 1837, Eichendorff added Teil 2, which encompassed stanza 2; in 1839, Eichendorff added Teil 3, which encompassed stanzas 3 and 4; and in 1841 he added Teil 4, encompassing stanzas 5 and 6, and thus giving the poem its final form.


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This text was added to the website: 2020-11-21
Line count: 8
Word count: 39

Au‑dessus du pays les étoiles
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Au-dessus du pays les étoiles
Font la ronde dans la nuit,
Mon trésor est au loin,
Il monte la garde couché près du feu.

Les chiens aboient sur les champs ;
Quand le clair de lune s'estompe,
Un bruissement monte du fond de la forêt :
Cavalier, maintenant garde-toi !

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This text was added to the website: 2020-11-21
Line count: 8
Word count: 50