by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Elena María Accinelli

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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Last modified: 2017-10-11 12:39:24
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A medianoche
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the German (Deutsch) 
A medianoche
Desperté
Y miré hacia el cielo;
De todas las estrellas
Ninguna me sonrió
a medianoche.

A medianoche
Proyecté mis pensamientos
Más allá de las oscuras barreras.
Pensar en la luz
No fue un consuelo
a medianoche.

A medianoche
Presté atención
Al latir de mi corazón;
Un solo latido de agonía
estalló
a medianoche.

A medianoche
luché la batalla,
Oh humanidad, de vuestro sufrimiento;
I could not decide it
with my strength
a medianoche.

A medianoche
¡Puse mis fuerzas
En tus manos!
¡Señor! Sobre la vida y la muerte
Vos veláis
a medianoche!

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Text added to the website: 2007-06-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:24
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