by Karl Stieler (1842 - 1885)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

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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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-10
Line count: 8
Word count: 54

At dawn
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Thus I lie waiting silently; through my hand, my cold [hand],
My pulse beats quietly.  Beside my place of rest
The lamp burns mutely, the old faithful [lamp] --
 It burns so faintly.

It, too, is weary!  I hear the cocks scream
In the distance; the grey morning is approaching.
[Lamp,] which of us two will be the first to go out --
 I or you?


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This text was added to the website: 2011-11-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 64