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Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Dort ist so tiefer Schatten
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Dort [ist so]1 tiefer Schatten,
Du schläfst in guter Ruh',
Es deckt mit grünen Matten
Der liebe Gott dich zu.

Die alten Weiden neigen
Sich auf dein Bett herein,
Die Vöglein in den Zweigen
Sie singen treu dich ein.

Und wie in goldnen Träumen
Geht linder Frühlingswind
Rings in den stillen Bäumen --
Schlaf wohl mein süßes Kind!

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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.

1 Kampmann: "unten ist"; further changes may exist not shown above.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Laggiù il buio è così profondo", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-11-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 57

Yonder are such deep shadows
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Yonder are such deep shadows,
You lie sleeping well in peace,
The dear God covers you up
with green meadows.

The old willows bow
Down upon your bed,
The little birds in their branches
Sing you to sleep faithfully.

And as if in golden dreaming
A mild spring wind passes
Through the quiet trees round about --
Sleep well, my sweet child!

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English poem title: 9. of "On the Death of My Child"
English song title (Fielitz, Greith): Yonder are such deep shadows
English song title (Kaufmann): Sleep well, my child
English song title (Reinecke): On the Child's Death
English song title (Schottky, Seyffardt): On the Death of My Child


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This text was added to the website: 2013-08-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 61