Translation by William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 - 1863)

Die Greisin
Language: English 
Auch du gingst einst, die Myrt' im Haare,
An Bräut'gams Arme zum Altare,
Frischblühend wie der May;
Auch du bist unter Blüthenkränzen
Umhergeschwebt in muntern Tänzen,
Bon aller Sorge frei.

Ach nun, wie bleich dir deine Wangen,
Wie deiner Augen Licht vergangen,
So müde Seel' und Leib!
Ob Frühling blüh', ob Herbstlaub gelbe,
Dein Sitz am Ofen stets derselbe,
Schon halb entschlummert Weib!

Und doch -- ein Hauch! und deine Mängel
Sind abgefallen! bu ein Engel
Vor Gottes lichtem Thron! --
Mühsam ist hier die Bahn zu wallen,
Schwer das Bestehen, leicht das Fallen;
Doch überreich der Lohn. 

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And thou wert once a maiden fair
Language: English  after the English 
And thou wert once a maiden fair,
A blushing virgin warm and young:
With myrtles wreathed in golden hair,
And glossy brow that knew no care --
Upon a bridegroom's arm you hung.


The golden locks are silvered now,
The blushing cheek is pale and wan;
The spring may bloom, the autumn glow,
All's one--in chimney corner thou
Sitt'st shivering on. --


A moment -- and thou sink'st to rest!
To wake perhaps an angel blest,
In the bright presence of thy Lord.
Oh, weary is life's path to all!
Hard is the strife, and light the fall,
But wondrous the reward!

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First published in Fraser's Magazine, May 1838, titled "To a very old woman"

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-23 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:09
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Word count: 99