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

Mitternachts weint' und schluchzt' ich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Mitternachts weint' und schluchzt' ich,
Weil ich dein entbehrte.
Da kamen Nachtgespenster
Und ich schämte mich.

»Nachtgespenster«, sagt' ich,
»Schluchzend und weinend
Findet ihr mich, dem ihr sonst
Schlafendem vorüberzogt.
Große Güter vermiss' ich.
Denkt nicht schlimmer von mir,
Den ihr sonst weise nanntet,
Großes Übel betrifft ihn!« --
Und die Nachtgespenster
Mit langen Gesichtern
Zogen vorbei,
Ob ich weise oder törig
Völlig unbekümmert.

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

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Poor comfort", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Piètre consolation", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (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: 17
Word count: 63

Poor comfort
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Every midnight I weep and sob
because I miss you.
One night nocturnal ghosts came
and I was ashamed.

"Nocturnal ghosts," I said,
"Sobbing and weeping
you find me, whom
sleeping, you once passed by.
Great goodness I miss.
Think not the worse of me,
this man whom once you called wise,
for a great evil has befallen him!"
And the nocturnal ghosts,
with long faces,
passed by:
whether I was wise or foolish
did not trouble them at all.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 17
Word count: 80