Translation © by Emily Ezust

Cidli, du weinest, und ich schlummre...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Cidli, du weinest, und ich schlummre sicher,
Wo im Sande der Weg verzogen fortschleicht;
Auch wenn stille Nacht ihn umschattend decket,
Schlummr' ich ihn sicher.

Wo er sich endet, wo ein Strom das Meer wird,
Gleit' ich über den Strom, der sanfter aufschwillt;
Denn, der mich begleitet, der Gott gebots ihm!
Weine nicht, Cidli.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, page 131; and with Oden von Klopstock. WIEN, gedruckt bey Joh. Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, k.k. Hofdruckern und Buchhändlern. 1784, page 163.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Vrees der geliefden - Aan Cidli", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "La peur de l'être aimé", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 54

Cidli, you are weeping, and I am sound...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Cidli, you are weeping, and I am sound asleep,
Where the path winds forward in the sand;
Even when the silent night shrouds the path in shadows,
I remain deeply asleep.

Where it ends, where a river becomes the sea,
I will glide over the river that swells so smoothly;
For it is my companion, as God has commanded.
Do not weep, Cidli!

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "An Cidli" = "To Cidli"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 63