by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798 - 1874) and sometimes misattributed to Josef Wenzig (1807 - 1876)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

Dunkel, wie dunkel in Wald und in Feld!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Sorbian (Lusatian) 
Available translation(s): DUT DUT ENG FRE FRI ITA SPA
Dunkel, wie dunkel in Wald und in Feld!
  Abend schon ist es, nun schweiget die Welt.

Nirgend noch Licht und nirgend noch Rauch,
  Ja, und die Lerche sie schweiget nun auch.

Kommt aus dem Dorfe der Bursche heraus,
  Gibt das Geleit der Geliebten nach Haus,

Führt sie am Weidengebüsche vorbei,
  Redet so viel und so mancherlei:

"Leidest du Schmach und betrübest du dich,
  Leidest du Schmach von andern um mich,

Werde die Liebe getrennt so geschwind,
  Schnell, wie wir früher vereiniget sind.

Scheide mit Regen und scheide mit Wind,
  Schnell wie wir früher vereiniget sind."

Spricht das Mägdelein, Mägdelein spricht:
  "Unsere Liebe sie trennet sich nicht!

Fest ist der Stahl und das Eisen gar sehr,
  Unsere Liebe ist fester noch mehr.

Eisen und Stahl, man schmiedet sie um,
  Unsere Liebe, wer wandelt sie um?

Eisen und Stahl, sie können zergehn,
  Unsere Liebe muß ewig bestehn!"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Over eeuwige liefde", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2018
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "D'amour éternel", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRI Frisian [singable] (Geart van der Meer) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Dell'amore eterno", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alvaro De la Cruz) , "Del amor eterno", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 22
Word count: 145

Dell'amore eterno
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Scuro, com'è scuro nel bosco e nei campi!
E' già sera, ora il mondo tace.
Da nessuna parte c'è più luce né fumo,
sì, e l'allodola, anche lei tace.
Viene dal paese il ragazzo,
accompagna a casa la sua amata,
la conduce fuori dalla macchia di salici,
parla tanto e di tante cose:
"Ti hanno fatto torto, e sei triste per questo,
ti ha fatto torto qualcuno a causa mia,
si spezzerà l'amore così presto,
presto come prima ci siamo innamorati,
ci separeremo con la pioggia e col vento,
presto come prima ci siamo innamorati."
Parla la fanciulla, la fanciulla dice:
"Il nostro amore non si spezza!
E' saldo l'acciaio ed è saldo il ferro,
il nostro amore è ancora più saldo.
Ferro ed acciaio si possono piegare,
il nostro amore, chi lo cambierà?
Ferro ed acciaio, si possono sciogliere,
il nostro amore durerà in eterno!"

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2008 by Amelia Maria Imbarrato, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-04-11
Line count: 22
Word count: 146