by Bo Bergman (1869 - 1967)
Translation © by Marc Moreau

Language: Swedish (Svenska) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Stjärnöga, du som jag mött
långt i försvunna tider,
nu är det kvälldags,
och trött min ungdom till vila skrider.
Irrbloss, som världen har tänt,
slockna så lätt i världen.
Stjärnöga, mycket har hänt,
sedan vi skildes på färden.
Villsam är vägen som går fram
genom mörka länder.
Stjärnöga, stjärnöga,
når jag aldrig mer dina händer?
Tag mina händer
och led mig in i ditt ljusa rike.
Stjärnöga, giv mig din fred
och låt mig varda din like.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Marc Moreau) , "Star-eye", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Marc Moreau) , "Oeil-étoilé", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Marc Moreau

This text was added to the website: 2005-04-19
Line count: 16
Word count: 78

Language: English  after the Swedish (Svenska) 
Star-eye, you that I met
long ago in vanished times,
now it is the evening of life,
and my weary youth is moving unto rest.
Will-o'-the-wisps, that the world has lighted,
fade so easily away in the world.
Star-eye, much has happened
since we parted on our ways.
Bewildering is the road that goes
through dark countries.
Star-eye, star-eye,
shall I never more reach your hands?
Take my hands
and lead me into your bright kingdom.
Star-eye, give me your peace
and let me become like you.


  • Translation from Swedish (Svenska) to English copyright © 2005 by Marc Moreau, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2005-06-09
Line count: 16
Word count: 87