by Johann Gabriel Seidl (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Wiegenlied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Wie sich der Äuglein
Kindlicher Himmel,
Schlummerbelastet,
Lässig verschließt! -
  Schließe sie einst so,
  Lockt dich die Erde:
  Drinnen ist Himmel,
  Außen ist Lust!

Wie dir so schlafroth
Glühet die Wange:
Rosen aus Eden
Hauchten sie an:
  Rosen die Wangen,
  Himmel die Augen,
  Heiterer Morgen,
  Himmlischer Tag!

Wie des Gelockes
Goldige Wallung
Kühlet der Schläfe
Glühenden Saum.
  Schön ist das Goldhaar,
  Schöner der Kranz drauf:
  Träum' du vom Lorbeer,
  Bis er dir blüht.
 
Liebliches Mündchen,
Engel umwehn dich:
Drinnen die Unschuld,
Drinnen die Lieb';
  Wahre sie Kindchen,
  Wahre sie treulich:
  Lippen sind Rosen,
  Lippen sind Glut.

Wie dir ein Engel
Faltet die Händchen;
Falte sie einst so:
Gehst du zur Ruh;
  Schön sind die Träume,
  Wenn man gebetet:
  Und das Erwachen
  Lohnt mit dem Traum.

Confirmed with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's Dichtungen. Erster Theil. Balladen, Romanzen, Sagen und Lieder, von Johann Gabriel Seidl. Wien. Druck und Verlag von J. P. Sollinger. 1826, pages 143-144; and with Joh. Gabr. Seidl's gesammelte Schriften. Mit einer Einleitung von Julius von der Traun. Herausgegeben von Hans Max. Erster Band. [...] Wien, 1877. Wilhelm Braumüller k.k. Hof- und Universitätsbuchhändler, pages 162-163.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó de bressol", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wiegelied", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Lullaby", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Berceuse", copyright © 2011, (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: 40
Word count: 125

Lullaby
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Look at how the little eye's
Childlike heaven - 
So weighed down with sleep - 
Is closing so easily! - 
  There will come a day when it closes
  As the earth calls you:
  Inside is heaven,
  Outside is pleasure!

Look at how red with sleeping
Your glowing cheek has become:
Roses from Eden
Have breathed on them:
   Your cheeks are roses,
   Your eyes are heaven,
   The morning is bright,
   The day is heavenly!

Look at how your locks of hair
With their golden waves
Are cooling your temple
With their glowing edges.
   Your golden hair is beautiful,
   The garland on it is more beautiful:
   Dream of laurels
   Until they blossom for you.

Lovely little mouth,
Angels are hovering around you:
Inside is innocence,
Inside is love;
   Look after them, little child,
   Look after them faithfully:
   The lips are roses,
   The lips are aglow.

Look at how an angel
Is folding your little hands;
There will come a time when they are similarly folded,
When you go to your rest;
   Dreams are beautiful
   When people pray:
   And waking up
   Is rewarded with dreams.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-20
Line count: 40
Word count: 182