by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Der Tag wird kühl, der Tag wird blaß
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Der Tag wird kühl, der Tag wird blaß,
die Vögel streifen übers Gras.
[Ei]1 wie die Halme schwanken,
[vor]2 ihrer Flügel Wanken
und leise wehn ohn' Unterlaß.

Und Abends spät die Liebe weht
ob meines Herzens [Blumenbeet]3.
[Das ist ein heimlich Beben,
Und süße Gedanken weben]4
sich in mein [tiefstes]5 Nachtgebet.

Du fernes Herz, komm zu mir bald,
sonst werden [wir]6 beide grau und alt,
sonst wächst in meinem Herzen 
viel [Unkraut und viel]7 Schmerzen;
[Da wird's den Blumen gar zu kalt!]8

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1 Zemlinsky: "Schau"
2 Zemlinsky: "von"
3 Zemlinsky: "Rosenbeet"
4 Zemlinsky: "Die Zweigen flüstern und beben, / und holde Gedanken weben"
5 Zemlinsky: "heimlich"
6 Zemlinsky: "mir"
7 Zemlinsky: "Unkraut, Dorn, und"
8 Zemlinsky: "Die Nacht ist lang, die Nacht wird kalt!"


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The day grows cool", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 82

The day grows cool
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 The day grows cool, the day grows pale,
 the birds are brushing over the grass.
 Observe how the blades tremble
 from the sweep of their wings
 and gently wave without stopping.
 And late in the evening, love wafts
 over the rosebed of my heart.
 Its branches whisper and quiver
 and lovely thoughts weave themselves
 into my secret night-prayers.
 You distant heart, come soon to me
 or else we will both grow grey and old,
 or else in my heart there will grow
 many weeds, thorns and sorrows.
 The night grows long, the night grows cold!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 15
Word count: 96