by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Schlaf! süßer Schlaf! obwohl dem Tod wie...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Latin 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA
Schlaf! süßer Schlaf! obwohl dem Tod wie du nichts gleicht,
auf diesem Lager doch willkommen heiß' ich dich!
Denn ohne Leben so, wie lieblich lebt es sich!
So weit vom Sterben, ach, wie stirbt es sich so leicht!

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Sleep", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Au sommeil", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Au sommeil", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sonno mio dolce!", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 4
Word count: 38

Au sommeil
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sommeil ! Doux sommeil ! Bien que rien ne te ressemble à part la mort,
Sur ce lit, soit le bienvenu !
Car sans la vie, comme il est agréable de vivre !
Si loin de la mort, ah, comme il est facile de mourir !


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-11-30
Line count: 4
Word count: 46