Mordechai Gebirtig

The night floats down


Another day is gone

Night floats down

Nearer, by a day, to the rim

When life will end.

Another night has passed,

Again a day arrives,

Thus chase the two each other

Already for many years.


Thus chase the two each other

Never to return,

I follow them with a sigh,

Looking after them with tears.

And they fly, just as if

Neither one wants to be second

Days and night arrive anew,

Look, and continue flying


Thus fly, without a goal,

The days, for many years.

From their crazy, wild play

I became sick and old already

How much longer, you nights and days,

Will you chase each other?

Make an end to the chase

I can’t take it anymore!