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Language: German (Deutsch)

Es glänzt der Tulpenflor, durchschnitten von Alleen,
Wo zwischen Taxus still die weißen Statuen stehen,
Mit goldnen Kugeln spielt die Wasserkunst im Becken,
Im Laube lauert Sphinx, anmutig zu erschrecken.

Die schöne Chloe heut spazieret in dem Garten,
Zur Seit' ein Kavalier, ihr höflich aufzuwarten,
Und hinter ihnen leis Cupido kommt gezogen,
Bald duckend sich im Grün, bald zielend mit dem Bogen.

Es neigt der Kavalier sich in galantem Kosen,
Mit ihrem Fächer schlägt sie manchmal nach dem Losen,
Es rauscht der taftne Rock, es blitzen seine Schnallen,
Dazwischen hört man oft ein art'ges Lachen schallen.

Jetzt aber hebt vom Schloß, da sich's im West will röten,
Die Spieluhr schmachtend an, ein Menuett zu flöten,
Die Laube ist so still, er wirft sein Tuch zur Erde
Und stürzet auf ein Knie mit zärtlicher Gebärde.

"Wie wird mir, ach, ach, ach, es fängt schon an zu dunkeln-"
"So angenehmer nur seh' ich zwei Sterne funkeln-"
"Verwegner Kavalier!" - "Ha, Chloe, darf ich hoffen?" -
Da schießt Cupido los und hat sie gut getroffen.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "As usual", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Autrefois", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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As usual

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Blossoming tulips shimmer, cut through by alleys,
 where white statues stand between the yews,
 elegant fountains play with golden spheres in their pools,
 and, in the arbour, Sphinx lurks, waiting to frighten charmingly.
 The fair Chloe strolls today in the garden,
 at her side a cavalier to wait upon her courteously,
 and behind them Cupid creeps quietly,
 now hiding in the greenery, now aiming his bow.
 The cavalier bows with gallant endearments,
 and with her fan she strikes the scoundrel a few times,
 her taffeta dress rustles, his buckles twinkle,
 and often a genteel laugh rings out between them.
 But now there rises from the château as the sun sets
 a yearning minuet singing from a music-box.
 The arbor is so quiet; he tosses his handkerchief to the ground
 and falls to his knees with a tender air.
 "How much I've - ah! it's beginning to grow dark-"
 "So much more delightfully now I can see two stars glittering-"
 "Audacious cavalier!" - "Ah, Chloe - may I hope?"
 Then Cupid lets loose and fires, and hits his targets perfectly.

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