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Nachtgang (1895) Op. 29 no.3


Wir gingen durch die stille, milde Nacht, dein Arm
in meinem, dein Auge in meinem; der Mond goss
silbernes Licht über dein Angesicht; wie auf Goldgrund
ruhte dein schönes Haupt, und du erschienst mir wie
eine Heilige: mild, mild und gross, und seelenübervoll,
heilig und rein wie die liebe Sonne. Und in die Augen
schwoll mir ein warmer Drang, wie Tränenahnung.
Fester fasst’ ich dich und küsste—küsste dich ganz
leise,—meine Seele weinte.

A walk at night

We walked through the gentle silent night, your arm
in mine, your eyes gazing into mine; the moon shed
silver light over your face; as though on gold
your fair head lay, and you seemed to me
like a saint: gentle, gentle and great, with a brimming soul,
holy and pure like the dear sun. And a pressing
warmth welled into my eyes, like impending tears.
I held you closer and kissed you — kissed you
so gently — my soul wept.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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