by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Wijtse Rodenburg

Gelassen stieg die Nacht an's Land
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA
[Gelassen]1 stieg die Nacht an's Land,
Lehnt träumend an der Berge Wand,
Ihr Auge sieht die goldne Wage nun 
Der Zeit in gleichen Schalen stille ruhn;
  Und [kecker]2 rauschen die Quellen hervor,
  Sie singen der Mutter, der Nacht, in's Ohr
    Vom Tage,
  Vom heute gewesenen Tage.

Das uralt alte Schlummerlied,
Sie achtet's nicht, sie ist es müd';
Ihr klingt des Himmels Bläue süßer noch,
Der flücht'gen Stunden gleichgeschwung'nes Joch.
  Doch immer behalten die Quellen das Wort,
  Es singen die Wasser im Schlafe noch fort
    Vom Tage, 
  Vom heute gewesenen Tage.

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Confirmed with Mörike, Eduard Friedrich. Gesammelte Schriften, Erster Band, G. J. Göschen'sche Verlagshandlung, 1878, page 138.

1 Franz: "Bedächtig" (from an earlier version of Mörike's poem)
2 Franz: "kecker nur"

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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)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] ; composed by Michael Ostrzyga.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Wijtse Rodenburg) , no title, copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Gestaag bekruipt de nacht het land
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Gestaag bekruipt de nacht het land,
glijdt langzaam over 't heuvelland.
Haar ogen zien de gouden waage staan,
die tijd verdeelt, en maar laat gaan
en driftig ruisen de bronnen maar door,
zij zingen de vrouwe, de nacht, in 't oor
van uren, 
van tijden, de dag van vandaag.

Dit oude, oude doezellied,
ze kent 't wel, maar luistert niet:
zij hoort het blauwsel van de hemelboog,
dat met haar als vluchtige tijd vervloog.
Maar altijd weer stromen de bronnen maar door
en zingen de beken al slapend in koor
van uren, 
van tijden, de dag van vandaag.

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Translation of title "Um Mitternacht" = "Om middernacht"

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Text added to the website: 2004-01-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-09-22 20:37:14
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