by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich sah den Lenz einmal
[Erblühn]1 im schönsten Tal;
Ich sah der Liebe Licht
Im schönsten Angesicht.

Und wandl' ich nun allein
Im Frühling durch den Hain,
Erscheint aus jedem Strauch
Ihr Angesicht mir auch.

Und seh ich sie am Ort
Wo längst der Frühling fort,
So sprießt ein Lenz und schallt
Um ihre süße Gestalt.

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1 Gänsbacher, Krinninger: "Erwacht"; further changes may exist not shown above for Krinninger.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Love's Spring", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Printemps de l'amour", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 56

Love's Spring
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I saw the Spring once
blossoming in the loveliest valley;
I saw the light of live
in the most beautiful face.

And when I walk alone now
through the grove in Spring,
in every bush
her face appears to me too.

And when I see her in a place
that Spring has long since abandoned,
then a new Spring sprouts and praises resoundingly
her sweet form.


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Word count: 66