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Sommerbild

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich sah des Sommers letzte Rose stehn,
Sie war, als ob sie bluten könne, rot;
Da sprach ich schauernd im Vorübergehn:
So weit im Leben, ist zu nah am Tod!

Es regte sich kein Hauch am heißen Tag,
Nur leise strich ein weisser Schmetterling;
Doch, ob auch kaum die Luft sein Flügelschlag
Bewegte, sie empfand es und verging.


Translation(s): ENG FRE ITA

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Summer image", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Image d'été", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Summer image

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I saw the Summer's last rose standing;
it was red, as if it could bleed;
then, shivering, I spoke in passing:
"To be so far in life is to be too near to death!"

Not one breeze stirred on that hot day;
only a white butterfly withdrew gently;
yet even though the beating of its wings hardly 
affected the air, the rose felt it and expired.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by (Christian) Friedrich Hebbel (1813 - 1863), "Sommerbild" FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Willy Burkhard, Hans Martin Gräbner, Paul Hindemith, Meta ter Kuile-Troxler, Emil Matthiesen, Arnold Mendelssohn. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
Line count: 8
Word count: 66