by Ludwig Jacobowski (1868 - 1900)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Fern singt ein Mädchen in die Nacht hinaus,
Zum Kinderstimmchen der Harmonika.
Ich lausche still. --
Mein Herz springt mir heraus.
O Gott, wie einsam ist mein weites Haus,
Und keine Seele da! . . .

Und jeder Ton, der sich ins Zimmer schleicht,
Macht mir die Finsternisse doppelt bang.
Ich lausche still . . .
Der Abend ist so lang.
In meinen Augenlidern zittert's feucht.
O, ein Hund nur, der mein Knie umstreicht!

Confirmed with Ludwig Jacobowski, Ausklang: Neue Gedichte aus dem Nachlass, Herausgegeben und mit Einleitung versehen von Dr. Rudopf Steiner, Minden in Westfahlen: J.C.C. Bruns Verlag, 1901, page 181.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Alone", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2011-07-13
Line count: 12
Word count: 73

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Far away a maiden sings out into the night,
To the little child-like voice of the harmonica.
I listen silently. --
My heart leaps from my breast.
Oh God, how lonely is my great house,
And not a soul there! . . . 

And every tone that creeps into the room
Makes the darknesses twice as frightening to me.
I listen silently . . . 
The evening is so long.
There is a moist trembling in my eyelids.
Oh, only a dog that weaves about my knee!


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This text was added to the website: 2020-06-02
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