Translation © by Marianne Beate Kielland

Nachtgesang
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE NOR
Tiefe Feyer
Schauert um die Welt.
Braune Schleyer
Hüllen Wald und Feld.
Trüb und matt und müde
Nickt jedes Leben ein,
Und namenloser Friede
Umsäuselt alles Seyn!

Wacher Kummer,
Verlaß ein Weilchen mich!
Goldner Schlummer,
Komm und umflügle mich!
Trockne meine Thränen
Mit deines Schleyers Saum,
Und täusche, Freund, mein Sehnen,
Mit deinem schönsten Traum.

Blaue Ferne,
Hoch über mich erhöht!
Heil'ge Sterne,
In hehrer Majestät!
Sagt mir, ist es stiller, 
Ihr Funkelnden, bey euch, 
Als in der Eitelkeiten
Aufruhrvollem Reich?

Confirmed with L.T.Kosegarten's Poesieen, Neueste Auflage, Zweyter Band, Berlin 1803, pages 10-11; and with Ludwig Theoboul Kosergarten's Poesieen. Zweiter Band. Leipzig bei Heinrich Gräff. 1798, pages 281-282. Kosegarten's poem is slightly different in later editions (see below).

First published in a slightly different version in Poetische Blumenlese, aufs Jahr 1788. Göttingen, bey Johann Christian Dieterich, pages 157-158.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cant de la nit", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nachtgezang", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Night song", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant nocturne", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Nattsang", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Nattsang
Language: Norwegian (Bokmål)  after the German (Deutsch) 
En dyp seremoni skyller over jorden,
et brunt slør pakker inn skog og mark.
Blekt, matt og trøtt
faller ethvert liv i søvn,
og en navnløs fred
hvisker rundt enhver eksistens.

Våkne angst, la meg et øyeblikk i fred;
Gylne søvn, kom fly rundt meg!
Tørk mine tårer
med ditt slørs søm,
og bytt, o venn, min lengsel ut
med din vakreste drøm.

Blå fjerne - hevet høyt over meg!
Hellige stjerne, i edle majestet!
Si meg - er det stillere hos dere,
dere blinkende,
enn i forfengelighetens
opprørende rike?

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Norwegian (Bokmål) copyright © 2010 by Marianne Beate Kielland, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2010-10-18 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:03
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Word count: 90