by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Rufus Hallmark

Ich habe, bevor der Morgen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich habe, bevor der Morgen
  Im Osten noch gegraut,
Am Fenster zitternd geharret
  Und dort hinaus geschaut.

Und in der Mittagsstunde,
  Da hab' ich bitter geweint,
Und habe doch im Herzen:
  Er kommt wohl noch, gemeint.

Die Nacht, die Nacht ist 'kommen,
  Vor der ich mich gescheut;
Nun ist der Tag verloren,
  Auf den ich mich gefreut.

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  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Lewis Novra)
  • ENG English [singable] (Virginia Woods)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (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: 12
Word count: 57

I have, before morning
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I have, before morning
   Yet grayed in the east,
At the window, shivering, waited
   And from there peered out.
And in the midday hour,
   Then I bitterly wept,
And in my heart yet
   Believed: He'll still come.
The night, the night has come,
   Before which I felt dread;
Now the day is over,
   To which I looked forward with joy.

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Note: Translation written with assistance from Harald Krebs.


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This text was added to the website: 2011-02-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 60