by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Um Mitternacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FIN FRE ITA POL POR SPA SWE
Um Mitternacht
[Hab']1 ich gewacht
Und aufgeblickt [zum]2 Himmel;
Kein Stern [vom]3 Sterngewimmel
Hat mir gelacht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Hab' ich gedacht
Hinaus in dunkle Schranken.
Es hat kein Lichtgedanken
Mir Trost gebracht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Nahm ich in Acht
Die Schläge meines Herzens;
Ein einz'ger Puls [des Schmerzens]4
War angefacht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Kämpft' ich die Schlacht,
O Menschheit, deiner Leiden;
Nicht konnt' ich sie entscheiden
Mit meiner Macht
Um Mitternacht.

Um Mitternacht
Hab' ich die Macht
In deine Hand gegeben!
Herr über Tod und Leben
Du hältst die Wacht
Um Mitternacht!

F. Hiller sets stanzas 1-3, 5

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1 Puchtler: "Bin"; further changes may exist not shown above. May be instead this text by B. Auerbach
2 Hiller: "gen"
3 Hiller: "am"
4 Hiller: "der Schmerzen"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A mitjanit", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "At midnight", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Keskiyöllä", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A mezzanotte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Alicja Istigniejew) , "Północ", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elena María Accinelli) , "A medianoche", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Vid midnatt", copyright © 2006, (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: 30
Word count: 96

A mezzanotte
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
A mezzanotte
Ho vegliato
Azando gli occhi al cielo!
Nessuna stella del firmamento
Mi ha sorriso
A mezzanotte.
 
A mezzanotte
Il pensiero ho rivolto
All'oscurità tutt'intorno.
Non un pensiero di luce
Mi ha recato conforto
A mezzanotte.
 
A mezzanotte
Ho dato ascolto
Ai battiti del mio cuore.
Un palpito di solo dolore
Bruciava
A mezzanotte.
 
A mezzanotte
Ho combattuto la battaglia,
con tutte le sofferenze umane;
senza poterla concludere
con le mie sole forze
a mezzanotte.
 
A mezzanotte
Ho riposto la mia forza
Nelle Tue mani:
Signore della morte e della vita,
Tu che vegli per proteggermi
a mezzanotte.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-03-13
Line count: 30
Word count: 99