by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Shawn Thuris

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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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

Very early, oh, long before day
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Very early, oh, long before day,
my heart wakes me up to think of you
when healthy youths should be sleeping.

Bright is my eye at midnight,
brighter than early morning bells:
when have you even thought of me in the day?

Were I a fisherman, I would get up,
carry my net out to the river,
carry the fish to market with hearty cheer.

In the mill at daybreak the mill-boy 
romps about, all the gears clattering;
even such lusty work would do me good!

Ah! but I, poor ninny!
must lie in bed pining aimlessly,
an unruly woman-child in my head.

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Line count: 15
Word count: 103