by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Noch ahnt man kaum der Sonne Licht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Noch ahnt man kaum der Sonne Licht, 
Noch sind die Morgenglocken nicht 
Im finstern Tal erklungen.

Wie still des Waldes weiter Raum! 
Die Vöglein zwitschern nur im Traum, 
Kein Sang hat sich erschwungen.

Ich hab' mich längst ins Feld gemacht, 
Und habe schon dies Lied erdacht, 
Und hab' es laut gesungen

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Corien Sleeswijk) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Morning song / Sunlight", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chant du matin", copyright © 2009, (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: 9
Word count: 51

Morning song / Sunlight
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
One hardly yet expects the sun light,
The morning-bells have not
In the darkened valley yet sounded.

How quiet is the forest's wide realm!
The birds chirp only in their dreams,
No song has yet been offered.

I have myself been long in the fields,
And have devised this song already,
And have sung it loudly


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This text was added to the website: 2007-08-17
Line count: 9
Word count: 56