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Es war ein grauer Tag im März

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es war ein grauer Tag im März,
Das Licht verglomm im Walde;
Ich zog vom Waldhang niederwärts,
Kahl waren Baum und Halde. 

Doch tief bis in die Dämmerung
Hört' ich die Drossel schlagen,
So lenzfroh und so maienjung --
Entgegen bessren Tagen.

Es war ein grauer Tag im März --
Doch nie hat mich getroffen
Des Sommers Pracht so tief ins Herz! --
Zieh hin -- und lerne hoffen!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Karl Stieler, Neue Hochlandslieder, herausgegeben von Karl Quenzel, Leipzig: Hesse & Becker Verlag, [1917], page 43.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , subtitle: "In March", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2018-10-11.
Last modified: 2018-10-11 09:29:40
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Word count: 65

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It was a grey day in March

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

It was a grey day in March,
The light was dying away in the forest;
I travelled downward from the forest slope,
Bare were the trees and hills.

But deep into the twilight
I heard the thrush warbling,
As joyful as spring and as young as May --
[Warbling] toward better days.

It was a grey day in March --
But never has the glory of summer
Struck me so deeply in the heart! --
Travel forth -- and learn to hope!

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Subtitle: "In March"

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Translations of title(s):
"Es war ein grauer Tag im März" = "It was a grey day in March"
"Abendgang" = "Evening walk"


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Text added to the website: 2019-01-03.
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