Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Zwielicht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR POR SPA
Dämmrung will die Flügel spreiten,
Schaurig rühren sich die Bäume,
Wolken ziehn wie schwere Träume -
Was will dieses Grau'n bedeuten?

Hast ein Reh du lieb vor andern,
Laß es nicht alleine grasen,
Jäger ziehn im Wald und blasen,
Stimmen hin und wieder wandern.

Hast du einen Freund hienieden,
Trau ihm nicht zu dieser Stunde,
Freundlich wohl mit Aug' und Munde,
Sinnt er Krieg im tück'schen Frieden.

Was heut [müde gehet]1 unter,
Hebt sich morgen neu geboren.
Manches [bleibt]2 in Nacht verloren -
Hüte dich, [bleib]3 wach und munter!

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorffs sämtlich poetische Werk, Zweiter Band, Dritte Auflage, Leipzig, C. F. Amelang's Verlag, 1883, p. 436.

Note: some 20th century editions of Eichendorff have "wider" instead of "wieder" in stanza 2, line 4, but "wieder" is prevalent in the editions that came out in the 19th century. (With thanks to Alfred Liebel for pointing this out.)
1 Schumann: "gehet müde"
2 Schumann: "geht"
3 Schumann: "sei"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Deemstering", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Twilight", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Pénombre", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "דימדומים", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Crepuscolo", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Grålysning", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Penumbra", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Diego S. Loyola) , "Medialuz", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2015-10-17 11:07:08
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Pénombre
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Le crépuscule va déployer ses ailes,
Effrayants, les arbres s'agitent
Les nuages courent, comme des rêves lourds -
Que signifient ces horreurs ?

Si tu as un chevreuil que tu préfères aux autres,
Ne le laisse pas paître seul,
Les chasseurs parcourent la forêt et sonnent du cor,
De temps en temps des voix se déplacent.

Si tu as un ami ici-bas,
En cette heure ne te fie pas à lui,
Tout sourire des lèvres et des yeux,
Sous couvert de traîtresse paix, il médite la guerre.

Celui qui se couche aujourd'hui fatigué,
Demain se lève renaissant.
Plus d'un se [trouve]1 perdu dans la nuit -
Méfie-toi, [reste]2 vif et gaillard.

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1 Schumann : "va"
2 Schumann : "sois"

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Text added to the website: 2008-08-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:51
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