by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898)
Translation © by Peter Palmer

Unruhige Nacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Heut' ward mir bis zum jungen Tag
Der Schlummer abgebrochen,
Im Herzen ging es Schlag auf Schlag
Mit Hämmern und mit Pochen,

Als trieb sich eine Bubenschar
Wild um in beiden Kammern,
Gewährt hat, bis es Morgen war,
Das Klopfen und das Hammern.

Nun weist es sich bei Tagesschein,
Was drin geschafft die Rangen,
Sie haben mir im Herzensschrein
Dein Bildnis aufgehangen!

Confirmed with Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Gedichte, Leipzig: H. Haessel, 1882, page 157. Appears in 5. Liebe.


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

  • ENG English (Peter Palmer) , "Restless night", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nuit sans repos", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Melanie Trumbull

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

Restless night
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Today my slumbers were till dawn
beset by interruptions.
My heart produced with every beat
a hammering and a knocking,

As though a pack of scallywags
were chasing round both chambers.
This lasted till the morning came,
the tapping and the hammering.

The light of day has made it clear
What those small boys were doing:
Within the sanctum of my heart
Your portrait now is hanging!


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This text was added to the website: 2012-05-09
Line count: 12
Word count: 67