by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)

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

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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 ressemble autant que toi à la mort, 
sur cette couche je t'appelle pourtant le bienvenu !
Ainsi, qu'il est agréable de vivre sans vivre !
Ah, comme il est facile de mourir, si loin de mourir !


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2012 by Stéphane Goldet and Pierre de Rosamel, (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: 2012-03-09
Line count: 4
Word count: 46