by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Leon Malinofsky

Still ist die Nacht, es ruhen die Gassen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE ITA KOR NOR SPA
Still ist die Nacht, es ruhen die Gassen,
In diesem Hause wohnte mein Schatz;
Sie hat schon längst die Stadt verlassen,
Doch steht noch das Haus auf demselben Platz.

Da steht auch ein Mensch und starrt in die Höhe,
Und ringt die Hände, vor Schmerzensgewalt;
Mir graust es, wenn ich sein Antlitz sehe, -
Der Mond zeigt mir meine eigne Gestalt.

Du [Doppeltgänger]1! du bleicher Geselle!
Was äffst du nach mein Liebesleid,
Das mich gequält auf dieser Stelle,
So manche Nacht, in alter Zeit?

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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von H. Heine. Hamburg bei Hoffmann und Campe. 1827, page 198; and with Reisebilder von H. Heine. Erster Theil. Hamburg, bey Hoffmann und Campe. 1826, page 24.

First published as number VI of Drei und dreißig Gedichte von H. Heine in Der Gesellschafter oder Blätter für Geist und Herz. Herausgegeben von F. W. Gubitz. Achter Jahrgang. Berlin, 1824. In der Maurerschen Buchhandlung. Freitag den 26. März. 49stes Blatt, page 243.

1 Schubert: "Doppelgänger"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El doble", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) (Lau Kanen) , "De dubbelganger", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Nemesis", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Fredric Kroll) , "The double", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Leon Malinofsky) , "The Spirit Double", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , "Still ist die Nacht, es ruhen die Gassen", appears in Poems Selected from Heinrich Heine, ed. by Kate Freiligrath Kroeker, pages 94-95, first published 1887
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le Sosie", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il sosia", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • KOR Korean (한국어/조선말) [singable] (곽명규 Myung-Kew Kwack) , "그림자", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Saúl Botero Restrepo) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The Spirit Double
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Still is the night, it quiets the streets down
In that window my love would appear
She's long since gone away from this town
But this house where she lived still remains here.

A man stands here too, staring up into space
And wrings his hands with the strength of his pain
It chills me, when I behold his pale face
For the moon shows me my own features again!

You spirit double, you specter with my face
Why do you mock my love-pain so
That tortured me here, here in this place
So many nights, so long ago?

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