by Francis William Bourdillon (1852 - 1921)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

The night has a thousand eyes
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
The night has a thousand eyes,
 And the day but one;
Yet the light of [the]1 bright world dies
 [With the dying sun]2.

The mind has a thousand eyes,
 And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
 When love is done.

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1 in another version: "a"
2 in another version: "When day is done"


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  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Yakov Petrovich Polonsky (1819 - 1898) , "Из Бурдильёна", first published 1874 ; composed by César Antonovich Cui, Grigory Petrovich Gayevsky, Jurgis Karnavičius.

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Viel tausend Augen hat die Nacht", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-09
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Word count: 46

Viel tausend Augen hat die Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Viel tausend Augen hat die Nacht,
Der Tag nur eins davon -
Doch stirbt der Erde ganze Macht
Mit dem Licht der einen Sonn.

Das Hirn mit tausend Augen wacht,
Das Herz mit einem schon -
Doch stirbt des Lebens ganze Pracht
Läuft ihm die Lieb davon.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 47