by Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865 - 1910)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Nicht Mond noch Stern, die Nacht steht...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Nicht Mond noch Stern, die Nacht steht stumm
In schwerem Schwarze da. 
Ein stilles Glück geht lautlos um,
Ist jedem Herzen nah.

In jedem Herzen süß und sacht
Die heilige Stille blüht:
Das ist die tiefe Weihenacht,
In der der Glaube glüht.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Sombre belle nuit", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-10
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Sombre belle nuit
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ni lune, ni étoile, la lune est là silencieuse
Dans un noir profond.
Un calme bonheur nous entoure en silence,
Proche de chaque cœur.

Dans chaque cœur, peu à peu, doucement,
S'épanouit un calme sacré :
C'est la profonde nuit bénie
Dans laquelle s'embrase la foi.


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This text was added to the website: 2011-12-21
Line count: 8
Word count: 46