by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Charles James Pearson

In aller Früh, ach, lang vor Tag
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG ENG FRE FRE
In aller Früh, ach, lang vor Tag,
Weckt mich mein Herz, an dich zu denken,
Da doch gesunde Jugend schlafen mag.

Hell ist mein Aug' um Mitternacht,
Heller als frühe Morgenglocken:
Wann hätt'st du je [am Tage]1 mein gedacht?

Wär' ich ein Fischer, stünd' ich auf,
Trüge mein Netz hinab zum Flusse,
Trüg' herzlich froh die Fische zum Verkauf.

In der Mühle, bei Licht, der Müllerknecht
Tummelt sich, alle Gänge klappern;
So rüstig Treiben wär' mir eben recht!

Weh, aber ich! o armer Tropf!
Muß auf dem Lager mich müßig grämen,
Ein ungebärdig Mutterkind im Kopf.

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Confirmed with Mörike, Eduard, Werke, Herausgegeben von Hannsludwig Geiger, Sonderausgabe der Tempel-Klassiker, Emil Vollmer Verlag, Wiesbaden, p. 81.

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Charles James Pearson) , "Song of one in love", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Shawn Thuris) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant d'un amoureux", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Complainte d'un amoureux", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-22
Line count: 15
Word count: 96

Song of one in love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 At the earliest, oh long before daylight,
 my heart awoke to think of you,
 since only a healthy youth may sleep.
 
 My eye is clear at midnight,
 clearer than at the early morning bells:
 When did you think of me?
 
 Were I a fisherman, I'd get up,
 carry my net down to the river,
 carry happily the fish to sell.
 
 In the mill, by a light, the miller's man
 bestirs himself, all the gears clatter
 such vigorous activity would be just right for me!
 
 But poor me!  Poor devil!
 I must make my bed in idle misery,
 feeling like an unruly mama's boy!

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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-22
Line count: 15
Word count: 104