by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Drinnen im Saal eine Geige sang
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Drinnen im Saal eine Geige sang,
sie sang von Liebe so wild, so lind.
Draußen der [Wind]1 durch die Zweige sang:
Was willst du, Menschenkind?

Drinnen im Saale die Geige sang:
Ich will das Glück, ich will das Glück!
Draußen der Wind durch die Zweige sang:
Es ist das alte Stück.

Drinnen im Saale die Geige sang:
Und ist es alt, für mich ist's neu.
Draußen der Wind durch die Zweige sang:
Schon mancher starb an Reu.

Der letzte Geigenton verklang;
die Fenster wurden bleich und blind;
aber noch lange sang und sang
im dunklen Wald der Wind ...
Was willst du, Menschenkind ...

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1 Kilpinen?: "Wald"

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Wind and violin", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Vent et violon", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2004-07-08
Line count: 17
Word count: 104

Wind and violin
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Inside in the hall a violin sang,
It sang of love so wildly, so gently.
Outdoors the wind sang through the branches:
What do you want, human child?

Inside in the hall a violin sang:
I want happiness, I want happiness!
Outdoors the wind sang through the branches:
It is the old piece [of music].

Inside in the hall a violin sang:
And if it be old, for me it is new.
Outdoors the wind sang through the branches:
Many a person already has died of rue.

The last sound of the violin died away;
The windows became pale and blind;
But for a long time yet there sang and sang
The wind in the dark forest . . .
What do you want, human child . . .

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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-03
Line count: 17
Word count: 129