Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Das ist's, was mich ganz verstöret
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Das ist's, was mich ganz verstöret:
Daß die Nacht nicht Ruhe hält,
Wenn zu atmen aufgehöret
Lange schon die müde Welt.
Daß die Glocken, die da schlagen,
Und im Wald der leise Wind
Jede Nacht von neuem klagen
Um mein liebes, süßes Kind.
Daß mein Herz nicht konnte brechen
Bei dem letzten Todeskuß,
Daß ich wie im Wahnsinn sprechen
Nun in irren Liedern muß.

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's sämtliche poetische Werke, dritte Auflage, Erster Band, Gedichte, C. F. Amelang's Verlag, Leipzig, 1883.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website: 2012-04-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-12-14 22:43:05
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This is what completely unsettles me
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
This is what completely unsettles me:
That the night does not hold its peace
When the tired world
Has long since ceased its breathing.

That the bells that ring out,
And in the forest the quiet wind
Every night lament anew
Over my dear, sweet child,

That my heart could not break
With the last kiss of death,
That I now, as if in madness,
Must speak in confused poems.

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Translated titles:
"Auf meines Kindes Tod" = "On the Death of My Child"
"Ein Gleiches" = "Another one [song for a dead child]"


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Text added to the website: 2013-08-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-02-08 13:00:46
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Word count: 70