Translation © by Jakob Kellner

Wär's dunkel, ich läg' im Walde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wär's dunkel, ich läg' im Walde,
Im Walde rauscht's so sacht,
Mit ihrem Sternenmantel
Bedeckt mich da die Nacht,
Da kommen die Bächlein gegangen,
Ob ich schon schlafen tu'?
Ich schlaf' nicht, ich hör' noch [lange]1
Den Nachtigallen zu,
Wenn die Wipfel über mir [schwanken]2,
[Es klinget]3 die ganze Nacht,
Das sind im Herzen die Gedanken,
Die singen, wenn [Niemand]4 wacht.

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1 Herzogenberg, Pfitzner, Schoeck: "lang"
2 Gumbert: "rauschen"
3 Herzogenberg, Pfitzner, Schoeck: "Das klingt"
4 Herzogenberg, Schoeck: "Niemand mehr"


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

  • ENG English (Jakob Kellner) , "The lonely girl", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "S'il faisait noir, je serais allongée dans la forêt", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

The lonely girl
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Would it were dark, I would lie in the wood,
in the wood it rustles so gently;
With it's coat of stars
Night covers me there.
There come the brooks 
if I am yet asleep?
I don't sleep, by a long way I attend
to the nightingales.
When the treetops wave above me,
they resound all night.
Those are the thoughts in the heart -
They sing when no one is left awake.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 73