by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Schlaf! süßer Schlaf! obwohl dem Tod wie...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA
Schlaf! süßer Schlaf! obwohl dem Tod wie du nichts gleicht,
auf diesem Lager doch willkommen heiß' ich dich!
Denn ohne Leben so, wie lieblich lebt es sich!
So weit vom Sterben, ach, wie stirbt es sich so leicht!

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Sleep", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Au sommeil", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Au sommeil", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sonno mio dolce!", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 4
Word count: 38

Sonno mio dolce!
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sonno mio dolce! Anche se nulla più di te alla morte somiglia,
felice ti accolgo in questo giaciglio!
Perché senza vivere, vivere è dolce!
E senza morire, è più lieve la morte!


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This text was added to the website: 2011-03-01
Line count: 4
Word count: 32