by Karl Stieler (1842 - 1885)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG
O, der Alpen blanke Kette,
Wie sie glänzt im Morgenblau! -
Daß ich dort mein Wandern hätte,
Wenn im Wald noch liegt der Tau,

Langgelockt und freigelassen,
Wie ich's einst gewesen bin, -
Scharfe Pfeile möcht' ich fassen;
Singend zög' ich dort dahin,

Wo am tiefsten niederhinge
Das Gezweig auf meine Fahrt -
Und an meiner Seite ginge
Schleierlos -- Frau Irmingard!


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Vagarejant en somnis", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Dreams while wandering", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-10-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

Dreams while wandering
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh the shining chain of the Alps,
How it gleams in the blue of morning! -
If I could only be wandering there
When the forest is still covered with dew,

With long curls and freed,
As I once was, -
I would grasp at sharp darts;
With singing would I wander there,

Where the branches hang
Down the lowest over my path -
And walking at my side
Without her veil -- Frau Irmingard!


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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-31
Line count: 12
Word count: 74