by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Es ist ein Flüstern in der Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Es ist ein Flüstern in der Nacht,
Es hat mich ganz um den Schlaf gebracht:
Ich fühl's, es will sich was verkünden
Und kann den Weg nicht zu mir finden.

Sind's Liebesworte, vertraut dem Wind,
Die unterwegs verwehet sind?
Oder ist's Unheil aus künftigen Tagen,
Das emsig drängt, sich anzusagen?

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "There is a whispering in the night", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Il y a un chuchotement", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Word count: 50

Il y a un chuchotement
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Il y a un chuchotement dans la nuit,
Il m'a complètement perturbé le sommeil:
Je le sens, il veut m'annoncer quelque chose
Et ne trouve pas le chemin jusqu'à moi.

Serait-ce des mots d'amour, confiés au vent,
Qui auraient été dispersés en chemin?
Ou serait-ce un malheur pour les temps futurs
Qui se presse avec impatience pour s'annoncer?

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This text was added to the website: 2010-07-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 58