Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Golden glüh'n der Berge Gipfel
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Russian (Русский) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Golden glühn der Berge Gipfel, 
Kühlung haucht der Wind;
Träumend wiegen sich die Wipfel, --
Schlaf, mein holdes Kind! 

Sangen schon die Nachtigallen,
Wie der Tag entrinnt;
Meine Saiten auch verhallen: --
Schlaf, mein holdes Kind! 

Alles schlummert nah und ferne!
Athmet leis und lind;
Hoch vom Himmel grüßen Sterne: --
Schlaf, mein holdes Kind!

Confirmed with Gesammelte Schriften, Volumes 7-8: Russische Dichter. Deutsch von Friedrich Bodenstedt. III. Michaïl Lermontoff, Kolzoff und Andere. Vierter Band, Berlin, Verlag der Königlichen Geheimen Ober-Hofbuchdruckerei (R. von Decker), 1866, page 146.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Golden gleam the mountain-tops", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 52

Golden gleam the mountain‑tops
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Golden gleam the mountain-tops,
The wind breathes coolness;
The treetops sway dreamily, --
Sleep, my lovely child!

The nightingales have already sung
As the day passes away;
The echoes of my strings, too, die away: --
Sleep, my lovely child!

Everything is slumbering near and far!
[Everything] breathes quietly and gently;
From high in the heavens the stars send their greetings: --
Sleep, my lovely child!


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This text was added to the website: 2020-11-12
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