by Heinrich Stieglitz (1801 - 1849)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
   So nah, so ferne,
So tief, so hell,
Erschließt ihr Sterne
Des Lebens Quell.
   Das Auge schließt sich,
Die Seele wacht,
Und Andacht gießt sich
Durch's All der Nacht.
   Des Lichts Gewimmel
Glüht Lust-durchweht,
Und Erd' und Himmel
Flammt Ein Gebet.
   War es der Nachhall von dem Liede?
War es der Nacht geweihter Friede?
Im Blättersäuseln ertönt Gesang,
Maisuna's Name in Licht erklang.

Confirmed with Bilder des Orients von Heinrich Stieglitz, Erster Band, Leipzig, bei Carl Cnobloch, 1831, pages 78-79.


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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Night song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Night song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
So near, so far, 
so deep, so bright,
open up you stars, 
the very source of life.

His eyes close, 
his soul awakes,
and he sends a prayer 
out into the universe of night.

The swarming lights glow 
and swirl through the air,
and earth and heaven 
blaze in prayer.

Was it the resonance of the song?
Was it the night's sacred peace?
In the leaves a murmured chant sounds,
Maisuna's name in light was heard.


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Word count: 76