by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Mir träumte: traurig schaute der Mond
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
  Mir träumte: [traurig]1 [schaute]2 der Mond,
Und traurig schienen die Sterne;
Es trug mich zur Stadt, wo Liebchen wohnt,
Viel hundert Meilen ferne.

  Es hat mich zu ihrem Hause geführt,
Ich küßte die Steine der Treppe,
Die oft ihr kleiner Fuß berührt
Und ihres Kleides Schleppe.

  Die Nacht war lang, die Nacht war kalt,
Es waren so kalt die Steine;
Es [lugt']3 aus dem Fenster die blasse Gestalt,
Beleuchtet vom Mondenscheine!

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Confirmed with: Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun, [1887], page 128.

1 Seligmann: "schaurig"
2 von Erlanger: "schien"
3 von Erlanger: "luch" ?


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Bertram Luard-Selby.
  • Also set in Ukrainian (Українська), a translation by G. Grinevich (1900 - ?) ; composed by Borys Mykolayovych Lyatoshynsky.

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

  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'étais en rêve: la lune avait un regard triste", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Jeroen Scholten , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 72

I dreamt: the moon gazed sadly
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[I dreamt: the moon gazed sadly]1,
And sadly shone the stars;
I was carried to the city where my beloved lives,
Many hundreds of miles away.

I was led to her house,
I kissed the stones of the stoop
That her little foot
And the train of her dress had touched.

The night was long, the night was cold,
The stones were so cold;
Her pale form peers out of the window,
Illumined by moonlight!

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Translations of title(s):
"An Sie" = "To her"
"Ihre Gestalt" = "Her form"
"Mir träumte" = "I dreamt"
"Mir träumte, schaurig schaute der Mond" = "I dreamt, the moon gazed gruesomely"
"Mir träumte: traurig schaute der Mond" = "I dreamt: the moon gazed sadly"
"Mir träumte: traurig schien der Mond" = "I dreamt: the moon shone sadly"
"Sehnsucht II" = "Yearning II"
"Traumbild" = "Dream image"

1 von Erlanger: " I dreamt: the moon shone sadly"; Seligmann: "I dreamt, the moon gazed gruesomely"


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Line count: 12
Word count: 75