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Verschiedene Trauer

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ein Mädchen kniet an einem Leichenstein
Und pflanzt daneben eine Pappel ein:
“Streb’ auf zum Äther, schlanker Baum,
Auch er flog auf zum Sternenraum;
Wie meine Hände zum Gebet,
Sei aufwärts jeder Zweig gedreht;
Wie meine Augen sternwärts spähen
Soll jedes Blatt noch oben sehen.
Zu ihm! zu ihm! Empor, empor!
Rausch’ es aus deinem Laub hervor!
So Pappel, auf des Grabes Höhen
Sollst, meiner Trauer Bild, du stehen!”

Ein Jüngling kniet an einem Leichenstein
Und pflanzt daneben eine Weide ein:
“Streb’ erdenwärts, du Tränenbaum,
Auch sie sank in der Erde Raum;
Wie meine Zähren auf dies Grab,
So schüttle deinen Tau herab;
Wie meine Arme abwärts ringen
Und gern den kalten Sarg umfingen,
Ihr Zweige, so umschlingt dies Grab.
Zu ihr, zu ihr! Hinab, hinab!
So, Weide, auf des Grabes Höhen
Sollst, meiner Trauer Bild, du stehen.”

Translation(s): ENG

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Contrasting grief", copyright © 2016

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Last modified: 2016-10-24 12:44:13
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Contrasting grief

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

A girl knelt beside a tomb-stone
And planted a poplar tree beside it:
"Reach for the heavens, slender tree,
Just as he flew to the domain of the stars;
As my hands do in prayer,
Let each branch turn upward;
As my eyes peek up toward the stars,
Let each leaf look upward too.
To him! To him! Upward, upward!
Sweep forth your foliage!
So should you, Poplar tree, standing beside his grave,
Become the image of my grief!"

A boy knelt beside a tomb-stone
And planted a willow tree beside it:
"Reach toward the earth, you tree of tears,
Just as she sank into the domain of the earth;
As my tears do upon this grave,
Shake down your dew;
As my arms grapple in the earth
And embrace gladly this cold coffin,
Let your branches surround this grave.
To her, to her! Down, down!
So should you, Willow tree, standing beside her grave,
Become the image of my grief."

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