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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Die müden Augen
Sie tragen's kaum!
Der Tag ist zergangen,
Nun kommt der Traum.

Da kommt dein Bildnis
Und spricht zu mir:
"Ich lass' auch im Traume
Nicht los von dir!"

"Ich leg' mich nieder
An deiner Seit',
Du bist mein eigen
Für alle Zeit!"

Der Nachtwind rauschet,
Ich lösch' das Licht --
Ich möchte schlafen
Und kann es nicht.

Du bist mein Leben,
Du bist mein Tod --
Vom Abendrothe
Ins Morgenroth.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Night song", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Chanson de nuit", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2007-07-25
Line count: 20
Word count: 71

Night song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My tired eyes
Can scarcely bear it!
The day has disintegrated,
Now comes the dreaming.

Then comes your image
And says to me:
"I shall not let go of you
Even in your dreams!

I shall lie down
At your side,
You belong to me
For all time!"

The night wind soughs,
I extinguish the light --
I would like to sleep
And cannot do so.

You are my life,
You are my death --
From the red of sunset
To the red of dawn.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-05-28
Line count: 20
Word count: 83