by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag' erhoben
Und vor dem Herrn die Sache kund gemacht;
Er wolle nicht mehr stehn am Himmel droben,
Du habest ihn um seinen Glanz gebracht.

Als er zuletzt das Sternenheer gezählt,
Da hab es an der vollen Zahl gefehlt; 
Zwei von den schönsten habest du entwendet:
Die beiden Augen dort, die mich verblendet.

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  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "The moon has raised a grave complaint", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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La lune a élevé une plainte grave
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
La lune a élevé une plainte grave
Et a fait connaître le problème au Seigneur :
Elle ne veut plus rester au ciel,
Car tu lui as volé son éclat.
Quand elle a compté enfin la multitude des étoiles,
Leur nombre n'était pas complet :
Tu avais volé deux parmi les plus belles :
Tes deux yeux qui m'ont aveuglé.

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