by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)
Translation © by Max Mader

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE HEB
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy [springs]1 a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the [woodlands]2 I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

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1 Manton: "years"
2 Steele: "woodland"


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  • FRE French (Français) (Patricia Dillard Eguchi) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "היפה בעצים", copyright © 2014, (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.
Line count: 12
Word count: 74

היפה בעצים
Language: Hebrew (עברית)  after the English 
היפה בעצים, עכשיו עץ הדובדבן מקושט בפריחה לאורך ענפיו, ועומד לאורך המדרכה ביער לבוש לבן לכבוד הפסחא. היום, משבעים שנותיי, עשרים לא ישובו. ואם מורידים משבעים אביבים, עשרים, נותרים רק עוד חמישים. וכדי לצפות בצמחים פורחים חמישים אביבים פחות מדי. אסתובב ביערות לראות עצי הדובדבן מקושטים בשלג.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-17
Line count: 12
Word count: 48