by Ferdinand von Saar (1833 - 1906)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Des Tages laute Stimmen schweigen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Des Tages laute Stimmen schweigen,
  Und dunkeln will es allgemach;
Ein letztes Schimmern in den Zweigen --
  Dann zieht auch dies der Sonne nach.
Noch leuchten ihre Purpurgluten
  Um jene Höhen, kahl und fern,
Doch in des Äthers klaren Fluten
  Erzittert schon ein blasser Stern.
Ihr müden Seelen rings im Kreise,
  So ist euch wieder Ruh' gebracht;
Aufatmen hör' ich euch noch leise --
  Dann küßt euch still und mild die Nacht.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Anton Bettelheim, Ferdinand von Saars Leben und Schaffen, Leipzig, Hesse, 1908 , pages 22-23


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 70

The loud voices of the day have fallen...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The loud voices of the day have fallen silent,
  And gradually darkness falls,
A last shimmering in the branches --
  Then the shimmer, too, follows the [vanishing] sun.
Its purple glow still casts a radiance
  About yonder heights, barren and distant,
But in the clear flood of the ether
  Already a pale star tremblingly appears.
Ye tired souls all about in a circle,
  Thus peace is once more brought to you;
I still hear you quietly breathe a sigh of relief --
  Then the night kisses you soundlessly and gently.

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Translated titles:
"Abendlied" = "Evening song"
"Schlummerlied" = "Slumber song"
"Des Tages laute Stimmen schweigen" = "The loud voices of the day have fallen silent"


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Line count: 12
Word count: 88