by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Die dunklen Wolken hingen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Die [dunklen]1 Wolken hingen
Herab so bang und schwer,
Wir beide traurig gingen
Im Garten hin und her.

So heiß und stumm, so trübe
Und sternlos war die Nacht,
So ganz wie unsre Liebe
Zu Tränen nur gemacht.

Und als ich mußte scheiden
Und gute Nacht dir bot,
Wünscht' ich bekümmert beiden
Im Herzen uns den Tod.

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1 Rübner: "dunkeln" (according to Hofmeister); further changes may exist not shown above.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De drukkende avond", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The oppressive evening", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Pénible soirée", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:38
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Pénible soirée
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Les sombres nuages pendaient
Si angoissés et graves,
Tous deux, tristes, nous allions
De-ci de-là dans le jardin.

Brûlante et silencieuse, si trouble,
La nuit était sans étoile,
Tout comme notre amour,
Fait seulement pour les larmes.

Et quand je dus partir
Et te souhaiter bonne nuit,
Éploré, je souhaitais pour nous deux
La mort, du fond du cœur.

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Text added to the website: 2009-07-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:19
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