by Karl Stieler (1842 - 1885)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Im Morgengrauen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
So [harr']1 ich schweigend; durch die Hand, die kalte 
Pocht leis der Puls. An meiner Liegestatt 
Brennt stumm die Ampel, die getreue, alte -- 
  Sie brennt so matt.

Auch sie ist müd! Ich hör' die Hähne schreien 
Von fern, es geht dem grauen Morgen zu.
Wer wird zuerst verlöschen von uns [zweien]2 --
  Ich oder du?

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1 in some editions of Berg's song, "harrte" or "harre"
2 in one edition of Berg's song, "beide"


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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "À l'aube", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "At dawn", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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À l'aube
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ainsi j'attends en silence ; par la main, froide,
le pouls bat légèrement. Au-dessus de mon lit
La lampe brûle silencieusement, fidèle, antique,
Elle brûle si faiblement.

Elle aussi est fatiguée ! J'entends les coqs chanter
Au loin, le matin gris approche.
Qui sera le premier à mourir de nous,
Moi ou toi ?


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Text added to the website: 2011-06-12 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:25
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