by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Mir träumte: traurig schaute der Mond
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
  Mir träumte: [traurig]1 [schaute]2 der Mond,
Und traurig schienen die Sterne;
Es trug mich zur Stadt, wo Liebchen wohnt,
Viel hundert Meilen ferne.

  Es hat mich zu ihrem Hause geführt,
Ich küßte die Steine der Treppe,
Die oft ihr kleiner Fuß berührt
Und ihres Kleides Schleppe.

  Die Nacht war lang, die Nacht war kalt,
Es waren so kalt die Steine;
Es [lugt']3 aus dem Fenster die blasse Gestalt,
Beleuchtet vom Mondenscheine!

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Confirmed with: Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun, [1887], page 128.

1 Seligmann: "schaurig"
2 von Erlanger: "schien"
3 von Erlanger: "luch" ?

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  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Bertram Luard-Selby.
  • Also set in Ukrainian (Українська), a translation by G. Grinevich (1900 - ?) ; composed by Borys Mykolayovych Lyatoshynsky.

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

  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'étais en rêve: la lune avait un regard triste", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Jeroen Scholten , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 72

I dreamed that the moon looked sadly...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I dreamed that the moon looked sadly down,
   And the stars with a troubled ray;
I went to my sweetheart's home -- the town
   Lies many a league away. 

My longing led me before her door;
   I kissed the stone steps brown,
That her feet had touched in the days of yore,
   And the trailing hem of her gown. 

The night was long, the night was cold,
   Ice-cold did the stone steps seem,
In the window her own wan face, behold!
   Illumed by the moon's pale beam.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-04-18
Line count: 12
Word count: 86