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Wir wandeln durch die stumme Nacht

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wir wandeln durch die stumme Nacht,
Der Tamtam ist verklungen;
Du schmiegst an meine Brust dich an,
Ich halte dich unschlungen.

Und wo die dunklen Ypern stehn,
Ernst wie ein Schwarz Gerüste,
Da fand ich deinen kleinen Mund,
Die rothe Perlenküste.

Und langsam sind wir weiter dann,
Weiß ich wohin? gegangen.
Ein hellblau Band im Morgen hing,
Der Tag hat angefangen.

Um Ostern war's, der Frühling will
Den letzten Frost entthronen.
Du pflücktest einen Kranz für mich
Von [ersten]1 Anemonen.

Den legtest du mir um die Stirn,
Die Sonne kam gezogen
Und hat dir blendend um dein Haupt
Ein Diadem gebogen.

Du lehntest dich auf meinen Arm,
Wir träumten ohn Ermessen.
Die Menschen all im Lärm der Welt,
Die hatten wir vergessen.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Detlev von Liliencron, Gesammelte Werke, zweiter Band Gedichte, Stuttgart, Berlin und Leipzig: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1923, pages 332-333.

1 Zilcher: "weissen"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Teresa Dody


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Early morning walk", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-10-16 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-06-05 17:15:12

Line count: 24
Word count: 122

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Early morning walk

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

We walk through the mute night,
The tamtam has fallen silent;
You press yourself against my breast,
I hold you in my embrace.

And where the dark cypresses stand,
As solemnly as a black scaffolding,
There I found your small mouth,
The red coastline of pearls.

And slowly then we walked on,
I know not where?
A light blue ribbon hung in the morning,
The day has begun.

It was around Easter, spring wishes
To depose the final frost.
You picked for me a wreath
Of [the first]1 anemones.

You placed it round my brow,
The sun appeared
And blindingly encircled your head
With a diadem.

You leaned upon my arm,
We dreamed without limit.
All of the people in the noise of the world,
Those we had forgotten.

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1 Zilcher: "white"


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