by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Es ist ein Flüstern in der Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Es ist ein Flüstern in der Nacht,
Es hat mich ganz um den Schlaf gebracht:
Ich fühl's, es will sich was verkünden
Und kann den Weg nicht zu mir finden.

Sind's Liebesworte, vertraut dem Wind,
Die unterwegs verwehet sind?
Oder ist's Unheil aus künftigen Tagen,
Das emsig drängt, sich anzusagen?

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "There is a whispering in the night", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Il y a un chuchotement", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

There is a whispering in the night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 There is a whispering in the night -
 it has kept me entirely from my sleep.
 I feel it wants to tell me something,
 and cannot find the way to me.
 Are they words of love, confided to the wind,
 and blown off course on the way?
 Or is it some disaster from future days,
 that eagerly hurries here to announce itself?


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

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 63