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Weh! mein Freund liegt auf dem Lager

Language: German (Deutsch)

Weh! mein Freund liegt auf dem Lager
Abgezehret zum Skelett.
Spricht der Arzt: "O! daß er mager
Wird, ist besser als zu fett.
Warmer Regen statt des Schnees
Bringt das End ihm seines [Wehes]1,
Daß er froh springt aus dem Bett."

Bald fällt warmer Regen immer
Und der Schnee, der kalte, flieht,
Doch es wird der Kranke schlimmer.
Spricht der Arzt: "O! das geschieht,
Weil die Luft wird immer nässer,
Heller Himmel wär' ihm besser,
Wolken machen immer müd."

Endlich strahlt die Sonne helle,
Doch der Kranke hat vollbracht;
Spricht der Arzt: "Nur weil zu schnelle
Kam die Sonne so mit Macht,
Starb er, konnt' nach trüben Tagen
Nicht das grelle Licht ertragen:
Habe das voraus gedacht."


Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Kerners Werke, Zweiter Teil, Gedichte, ed. Raimund Pissin, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1914, page 310.

1 Schneider: "Wehs"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Of medics", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2008-06-18 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:44

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