Friday, October 8, 2010



Nikolaus Lenau

Gaze on me, thou eye of darkness,
Fill me, boundlessness of might—
Solemn, tender, dream-pervaded,
Sweet, unfathomable night!

With dark magic all else banish;
Take the world away from me
So that over life thou only
Henceforth brood unendingly.


-German title: Bitte.

(Illustration is Willy Kriegel, Die Nacht, 1943.)

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