Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Weil jetzo alles stille ist
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Weil jetzo alles stille ist
Und alle Menschen schlafen,
Mein' Seel' das ew'ge Licht begrüsst,
Ruht wie ein Schiff in Hafen.

Der falsche Fleiß, die Eitelkeit, 
Was keinen mag erlaben,
Darin der Tag das Herz zerstreut,
Liegt alles tief begraben.

Ein andrer König [wunderreich]1
Mit königlichen Sinnen,
Zieht herrlich ein im stillen Reich,
Besteigt die ew'gen Zinnen.

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's Werke. Erster Theil. Gedichte. Berlin. Verlegt von M. Simion. 1841, page 354; and with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's sämmtliche Werke. Zweite Auflage. Erster Band. Leipzig, Voigt & Günther. 1864, page 574.

1 Wolf: "wundergleich"


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  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "Accord", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Saluto notturno", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Virginia Knight , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 57

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
[Because] all is now so still
And everyone is asleep,
My soul hails the everlasting light,
Resting, like a harbored ship.

False piety and vanity,
Of which none wants a part,
And which waste the heart by day,
Lie deeply buried.

Another King, [marvelously endowed]
With royal mien,
Enters the silent realm in majesty,
And mounts the eternal battlements.


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This text was added to the website: 2011-03-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 59