by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

An den Traum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Öffne mir die goldne Pforte,
Traum, zu deinem Wunderhain,
Was mir blühte und verdorrte,
Laß mir blühend neu gedeihn.
Zeige mir die heil'gen Orte
Meiner Wonne, meiner Pein,
Laß mich lauschen holdem Worte,
Liebesstrahlen saugen ein,
Öffne mir die goldne Pforte,
Traum, o laß mich glücklich sein!

Confirmed with Gedichte von Peter Cornelius, eingeleitet von Adolf Stern, Leipzig, C. F. Kahnt Nachfolger, 1890, page 131.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Dreams", copyright ©

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To Dreams
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Open for me the golden gate 
to your wondrous grove, o Dreams;
whatever blossomed and wilted for me,
let it bloom afresh for me.
Show me those sacred places
of my bliss, my pain;
let me listen to lovely words
and drink deeply of these rays of love.
Open the golden gate for me,
Dreams; o let me be happy!

Translator's note: although the word "Traum" is singular, which would make the title literally be "To the Dream", in English this would denote a specific dream rather than the intended abstract idea of the experience of dreaming, so the plural form is used to express this.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 60