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Language: German (Deutsch)

O laß es gern geschehen,
Daß dir dein Auge blind!
Was willst du dennoch sehen,
Altes, betrognes Kind?

Willst du den Lenz erzwingen
Durch buntgefärbtes Glas?
Soll dir noch Blumen bringen
Das längst verwelkte Gras?

Die lichten Regenbogen,
Die Schlösser in der Luft,
Alter! sind fortgezogen,
Du siehst nur eis'gen Duft.

Lenz, Sommer sind geschieden,
Nur Winter siehest du.
Alter! o schließ in Frieden
Die müden Augen zu.

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 215.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Comfort for the eyes", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-06-24.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:45
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