Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

She walks in beauty, like the night
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER ITA
She walks in beauty, like the night 
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright 
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light 
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
 
One shade the more, one ray the less, 
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress, 
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express 
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, 
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow, 
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below, 
A heart whose love is innocent.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Alexis Paulin Pâris) , "Elle marche pareille en beauté", appears in Mélodies hébraïques, no. 1
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "In Schönheit geht sie", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ella incede in bellezza", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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In Schönheit geht sie
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
In Schönheit geht sie wie die Nacht,
die wolkenlos und sternbesät;
des Dunkels Glanz, der Helle Pracht
in ihrem Blick und Antlitz steht
und so ein mildes Licht entfacht,
das Himmel grellem Tag verwehrt.

Mehr Schatten, ein gering'res Licht -
getrübt würde der Liebreiz sein,
der aus den schwarzen Locken spricht,
die Stirn umglänzt in mildem Schein;
und ihr beseelter Blick verspricht,
dass er dort wohne, schön und rein.

Auf ihrer Stirn, der Wangen Paar
spricht mild und still und doch beredt
ein strahlend Lächeln, das fürwahr
für ihre reine Seele steht,
ein Herz aus dem unwandelbar
der Liebe holde Unschuld weht.

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2013 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2013-09-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:20
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Word count: 102