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Einsam fühlt sich und verlassen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Einsam fühlt sich und verlassen
Jener heimatferne Mann,
Der vor Sehnsucht weder hassen,
Weder glühend lieben kann.
Ferne schweifen seine Träume,
Wo die Gletscher rosig glühn,
Wo bei trautem Flutgeschäume
Vielgeliebte Blumen blühn.
All die Wolken möcht' er küssen,
Die nach seinen Bergen fliehn,
Beten möcht' er an den Flüssen,
Die [aus]1 seinen Landen ziehn:
So auch hängt an einem Sterne
[Dieser]2 ruhberaubte Sinn,
Deiner Augen blaue Ferne
Zieht mich unvermeidlich hin:
Deine Stimme voller Güte,
Lieblich wie der Frühlingswind,
Lippen, die in ihrer Blüte
Meiner Seele Heimat sind --
Denk' ich ihrer, wird verlassen
Einsam mir wie jenem Mann,
Der vor Sehnsucht weder hassen
Weder glühend lieben kann.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adolf Böttger, Dritte vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig: Otto Klemm, 1847, pages 47-48

1 von Kolb: "nach"
2 von Kolb: "Jener"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2015-07-27.
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Lonely and forsaken feels

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Lonely and forsaken feels
That man, far from home,
Who because of his [great] longing can neither hate
Nor fervently love.
His dreams rove in the distance,
Where glaciers glow rosily,
Where by the familiar foaming of the river
Much-loved flowers bloom.
He would like to kiss every cloud
That scuds toward his mountains,
He would like to pray by every river
That flows [from]1 his lands.
Thus, too, hangs upon a single star
[This]2 spirit, deprived of all peace;
The blue distance of your eyes
Pulls me inevitably [toward you]:
Your voice full of kindness,
Lovely as the springtime wind,
Lips, which in their flowering
Are the homeland of my soul --
If I think of them, I feel as forsaken
[And] lonely as that man,
Who because of his [great] longing can neither hate,
Nor fervently love.

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1 von Kolb: "toward"
2 von Kolb: "That"


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