Translation © by Linda Godry

O, wenn des Mondes Strahlen (Tove)
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Danish (Dansk) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Tove:
 Oh, wenn des Mondes Strahlen leise gleiten,
 und Friede sich und Ruh durchs All verbreiten,
 nicht Wasser dünkt mich dann des Meeres Raum,
 und jener Wald scheint nicht Gebüsch und Baum.
 Das sind nicht Wolken, die den Himmel schmücken,
 und Tal und Hügel nicht der Erde Rücken,
 und Form und Farbenspiel, nur eitle Schäume,
 und alles Abglanz nur der Gottesträume.

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  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , title unknown, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title unknown, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2013-08-14
Line count: 9
Word count: 61

Oh, if the moon's beams softly glide
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tove:
 Oh, if the moon's beams softly glide,
 and peace and quiet spread in space,
 not water seems to me the sea's width,
 and that forest seems to be neither bush nor tree.
 It's not the clouds, that adorn the sky,
 and valley and hills not the earth back,
 and changing forms and colours, just idle imaginings,
 and all of this just pale reflections of a god's imagination.

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This text was added to the website: 2004-11-22
Line count: 9
Word count: 68