by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Herz, nun so alt und noch immer nicht...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Herz, nun so alt und noch immer nicht klug,
Hoffst du von Tagen zu Tagen,
Was dir der [prangende]1 Frühling nicht trug
Werde der Herbst dir noch tragen?

Läßt doch der spielende Wind nicht vom Strauch
Immer zu schmeicheln, zu kosen,
Rosen entfaltet am Morgen sein Hauch,
Abends zerstreut er die Rosen.

Läßt doch der spielende Wind nicht vom Strauch,
bis er ihn völlig gelichtet.
Alles, o Herz, ist ein Wind und ein Hauch,
Was wir geliebt und gedichtet.

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1 Pfitzner: "blühende"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Jakob Kellner) , "Breeze of Autumn", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Song of Autumn", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Vent d'automne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner
Song of Autumn
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Heart, now so old and still so forlorn,
day after day you are sighing:
hoping, what blossoming spring has not borne,
autumn might still be supplying.

Winds let not go of the bush in their play,
fondling, cajoling, caressing:
opening rosebuds at dawning of day,
evening the roses undressing.

Winds let not go of the bush in their play,
stripping and baring and shoving.
Everything, Heart, will the winds blow away:
all our writing and loving.


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2010 by Walter A. Aue, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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