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Licht in der Nacht (1915)

Part of a series or song cycle:

Vier Lieder (Mahler, Alma)

Licht in der Nacht

Ringsum dunkle Nacht
Hüllt in Schwarz mich ein.
Zage flimmert gelb
Ferneher ein Schein.
Ist als wie ein Trost,
Eine Stimme still,
Die dein Herz aufruft,
Das verzagen will.
Kleines, gelbes Licht,
Bist mir wie der Stern
Überm Hause einst
Jesuchrists des Herrn.
Und da löscht es aus.
Und die Nacht wird schwer.
Schlafe, Herz, du hörst
Keine Stimme mehr.

A nocturnal light

Dark night all around
Envelops me in black.
A hesitant yellow glow
Shimmers from afar.
As though bringing solace,
Like a tranquil voice
Summoning your heart,
When in despair.
Little yellow light,
You are like the star to me
That once shone above the house
Of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now it is extinguished.
And the night grows heavy.
Sleep, o heart, you shall not hear
A voice again.
Translation © Richard Stokes, author of The Book of Lieder (Faber, 2005)

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Alma Maria Mahler Gropius Werfel (born Alma Margaretha Maria Schindler; 31 August 1879 – 11 December 1964) was a Viennese-born composer, author, editor and socialite. She composed at least 17 songs for voice and piano. She was married to Gustav Mahler.

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Otto Julius Bierbaum was a German writer.

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