by Paul Verlaine (1844 - 1896)
Translation by Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel (1863 - 1920)

Un grand sommeil noir
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG HUN
Un grand sommeil noir
Tombe sur ma vie :
Dormez, tout espoir,
Dormez, toute envie !

Je ne vois plus rien,
Je perds la mémoire
Du mal et du bien...
Ô la triste histoire !

Je suis un berceau
Qu'une main balance
Au creux d'un caveau :
Silence, silence !

About the headline (FAQ)

Originally titled Berceuse (Cellulairement, no. 8).


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

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Píseň"
  • ENG English (Corinne Orde) , "A long black sleep", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Egy álom", copyright © 2015, (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: 12
Word count: 50

Ruhe
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Ein großer schwarzer Traum
legt sich auf mein Leben;
Alles wird zu Raum,
Alles [wird]1 entschweben.

Ich kann nichts mehr sehn,
all das Gute, Schlimme;
kann dich nicht [verstehen]2,
o du trübe Stimme.

Eine dunkle Hand
schaukelt meinen Willen,
glättet mein Gewand,
still im Stillen.

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1 Trunk, Zilcher: "will"
2 Zilcher: "verstehn"

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Research team for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2007-06-11
Line count: 12
Word count: 45