by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Dämmrung senkte sich von oben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE SPA
Dämmrung senkte sich von oben,
Schon ist alle Nähe fern;
Doch zuerst emporgehoben
Holden Lichts der Abendstern!
Alles schwankt in's Ungewisse,
Nebel schleichen in die Höh';
Schwarzvertiefte Finsternisse
Widerspiegelnd ruht der See.

[Nun]1 [am]2 östlichen Bereiche
Ahn' ich Mondenglanz und Gluth,
Schlanker Weiden Haargezweige
Scherzen auf der nächsten Fluth.
Durch bewegter Schatten Spiele
Zittert Luna's Zauberschein,
Und durch's Auge [schleicht]3 die Kühle
Sänftigend in's Herz hinein.

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke Stuttgart und Tübingen, Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1833, Band 47, page 52. Note: modern spelling would change "Gluth" to "Glut" and "Fluth" to "Flut".

1 Diepenbrock: "Dort,"
2 some recent editions of Goethe's work have "im"
3 Grimm: "zieht"


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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Florence T. Jameson) , "Twilight from above has fallen"
  • FRE French (Français) [singable] (Frieda Boutarel) (Amédée Boutarel) , "L'ombre tombe lente et pâle"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , no title, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2020, (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: 16
Word count: 66

Twilight sank from high above
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Twilight sank from high above;
All that was near already is far,
Yet first is raised high
The fair light of the evening star!
Everything shakes with uncertainty,
A mist creeps slowly upward;
Darkness steeped in black
is reflected calmly in the sea.

Now in eastern areas
I feel the moon's brightness and glow,
Hair-like branches of slender willows
Play on the nearest tide.
Through the play of moving shadows
trembles Luna's magical shine,
And through my eyes creeps the cool air,
gently in toward my heart.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 87