by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

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"


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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Night stepped on land at measured pace
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Night stepped on land at measured pace,
Leans dreaming on the mountains' face,
Her eye beholds time's golden pair of scales
Completely balanced at that time of day.
More boldly the springs rush forth and they ring,
In the ear of the night, their mother, they sing
Of the day 
that was today.

That age-old, ancient lullaby,
It tires her, shuts ear and eye;
To her the heaven's blue still sounds more sweet
And all the curvèd spans of hours that fleet.
But ever the springs their carols repeat,
The waters continually sing in their sleep
Of the day 
that was today.

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Translation of title "Um Mitternacht" = "At midnight"


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Text added to the website: 2004-09-29 00:00:00
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