by Ignaz Hub (1810 - 1880)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

In stiller Nacht die Sultanin wacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
  In stiller Nacht die Sultanin wacht, 
Die Odalisken träumen. 
Sie faßt der Sehnsucht glühende Macht:
Wo mag der Geliebte säumen? 
Es flüstern die Sykomoren: 
  Verloren! verloren!

  Voll süßer Narden schwimmt die Luft, 
Die Blumen kosen und küssen. 
Die Liebe lockt, die Liebe ruft, 
Sie kann ihn nicht grüßen und küssen.
[Es flüstern die Sykomoren: 
  Verloren! verloren!]1

  Die Liebe singt, die Liebe [klingt
Im Flammenwirbeln der]2 Sterne.
Ihr Busen woget, [ihr Herz es]3 springt...
Ersehnter, wo hält dich die Ferne?
Es flüstern die Sykomoren: 
  Verloren! verloren!

  Was rauschet, horch! was hallt [für Ton]4?
Was krächzen die Meeres-Raben?
An einer [Ceder am]5 Libanon
Dort liegt [der Geliebte]6 begraben!
Es flüstern die Sykomoren!
  Verloren! verloren!

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Confirmed with Humoristische Blätter, herausgegeben von Theodor von Kobbe, Erster Jahrgang No. 28 (Donnerstag, 11. October 1838), pages 222-223.

1 omitted by Schmezer
2 Schmezer: "klingt, / In Flammen wirbeln die"
3 Schmezer: "das Herz ihr springt"
4 Schmezer: "für ein Ton"
5 Schmezer: "Zeder des"
6 Schmezer: "dein Geliebter"

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Line count: 24
Word count: 113

In the quiet night the sultaness keeps...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  In the quiet night the sultaness keeps watch,
The odalisques are dreaming.
She is caught in the flaming might of yearning:
Where might my beloved be tarrying?
The sycamores whisper:
  [He is] lost! lost!

  The air is awash with sweet perfumes,
The flowers are caressing and kissing.
Love entices, love calls,
She cannot greet or kiss him.
[The sycamores whisper:
  [He is] lost! lost!]1

  Love sings, love [resounds
In the flaming swarm of the stars]2.
Her bosom heaves, her heart leaps . . . 
Yearned-for one, where in the distance are you being kept [from me]? 
The sycamores whisper:
  [He is] lost! lost!

  What is rustling, hark! what sound is echoing?
What are the ravens of the sea cawing?
Beside a cedar [bordering Mount]5 Lebanon,
There your beloved lies buried!
The sycamores whisper!
  [He is] lost! lost!

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Translations of title(s):
"Die Sultanin" = "The sultaness"
"In stiller Nacht die Sultanin wacht" = "In the quiet night the sultaness keeps watch"

1 omitted by Schmezer
2 Schmezer: "resounds, / The stars whirl in flames"
3 Schmezer: "of"

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This text was added to the website: 2021-05-12
Line count: 24
Word count: 138