by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Yvonne Helander

Um Mitternacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FIN FRE ITA POL POR SPA SWE
Um Mitternacht
[Hab']1 ich gewacht
Und aufgeblickt [zum]2 Himmel;
Kein Stern [vom]3 Sterngewimmel
Hat mir gelacht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Hab' ich gedacht
Hinaus in dunkle Schranken.
Es hat kein Lichtgedanken
Mir Trost gebracht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Nahm ich in Acht
Die Schläge meines Herzens;
Ein einz'ger Puls [des Schmerzens]4
War angefacht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Kämpft' ich die Schlacht,
O Menschheit, deiner Leiden;
Nicht konnt' ich sie entscheiden
Mit meiner Macht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Hab' ich die Macht
In deine Hand gegeben!
Herr über Tod und Leben
Du hältst die Wacht
Um Mitternacht!

F. Hiller sets stanzas 1-3, 5

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1 Puchtler: "Bin"; further changes may exist not shown above. May be instead this text by B. Auerbach
2 Hiller: "gen"
3 Hiller: "am"
4 Hiller: "der Schmerzen"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A mitjanit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "At midnight", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Keskiyöllä", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A mezzanotte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Północ", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "A medianoche", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Vid midnatt", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-10-11 12:39:24
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Word count: 96

Vid midnatt
Language: Swedish (Svenska)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Har jag vaknat
Och blickat upp mot himlen
Aldrig någon stjärna på himlavalvet
Har lett
Vid midnatt.

Vid midnatt
Har mina tankar rest
Vida bortom mörkrets gränser
Men där fanns ingen tankes ljus
Till tröst
Vid midnatt.


Vid midnatt
Gav jag akt
På hjärtats slag
Bara ett, fyllt av smärta
Kändes av
Vid midnatt.

Vid midnatt
Kämpade jag, o mänsklighet
Med dina smärtor
Att betvinga dem stod ej
I min makt
Vid midnatt.

Vid midnatt
Överlät jag så
Makten i dina händer
Herre, herre över död och liv
Du vakar
Vid midnatt.

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Text added to the website: 2006-03-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:17
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Word count: 92