Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Hörst du die Gründe rufen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Hörst du die Gründe rufen
[In Träumen]1 halb verwacht? 
O, von des Schlosses Stufen
Steig nieder in die Nacht! --

Die Nachtigallen schlagen,
Der Garten rauschet sacht,
Es will dir Wunder sagen,
Die wunderbare Nacht.

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When first published in 1828, the poem "Nacht" was one stanza long (usually referred to as Nacht Teil 1); in 1837, Eichendorff added Teil 2, which encompassed stanza 2; in 1839, Eichendorff added Teil 3, which encompassed stanzas 3 and 4; and in 1841 he added Teil 4, encompassing stanzas 5 and 6, and thus giving the poem its final form.

1 Schoeck: "Im Traume"


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

  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) , "Night"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , no title, copyright © 2012, (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: 8
Word count: 34

Entends‑tu les tréfonds appeler
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Entends-tu les tréfonds appeler
Dans un rêve à demi éveillé ?
Oh, sur les marches du château
Descends dans la nuit !

Les rossignols chantent,
Le jardin bruisse doucement
Ils veulent te dire une merveille
La merveilleuse nuit.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-09-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 38