by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Carl Johengen

Mein Herz ist wie die dunkle Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE HEB
Mein Herz ist wie die dunkle Nacht,
Wenn alle Wipfel rauschen;
Da steigt der Mond in voller Pracht
Aus Wolken sacht,
Und sieh, - der Wald verstummt in tiefem Lauschen.

Der Mond, der [helle]1 Mond bist du:
[Aus]2 deiner Liebesfülle
Wirf einen, einen Blick mir zu 
Voll Himmelsruh',
Und sieh, dies ungestüme Herz - wird stille.

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1 Mendelssohn: "lichte"
2 Mendelssohn: "In"


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Charles Tomlinson Griffes)
  • ENG English (Carl Johengen) , "My heart is like the dark night", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Ehud Shapiro) , "הירח", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 56

My heart is like the dark night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My heart is like the dark night,
when all the treetops rustle;
There rises the moon in full splendour
from among clouds softly,
and behold, the forest grows silent in deep listening.

The moon, the bright moon are you:
In your abundance of love
cast a glance to me
full of heavenly peace,
and behold, this unquiet heart becomes still.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-26
Line count: 10
Word count: 60