by Julius Wolff (1834 - 1910)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Am Eckernkruge
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Am Eckernkrug die Eiche
Sah manche hundert Jahr,
Sie wuchs schon, als im Reiche
Carolus Kaiser war.

Es steht in ihrem Schatten
Ein Tisch mit einem Bein,
Demselben dient zur Platten
Ein alter Mühlenstein.

Dort hab' ich jüngst gerastet
Am Tisch und auf der Bank,
Und weil ich lang' gefastet,
Rief ich nach Speis' und Trank.

Bald kam damit gegangen
Des Krügers rosig Kind,
Ich sah an Mund und Wangen
Mir fast die Augen blind.

Sie sprach zu mir und lachte,
Doch ich war starr und stumm,
Ich weiß nicht, was ich dachte,
Der Mühlstein lief rundum.

Und als ich schied von hinnen, 
Da war so schwer mein Schritt, 
Ich trug im Herzen drinnen
Gewiß den Mühlstein mit.


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At the Eckernkrug
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The oak tree at the Eckernkrug
Has seen the passage of many a hundred years,
It was already growing when Charlemagne
Was emperor in the realm.

In its shadow stands
A table with one leg,
Which has as its tabletop
An old millstone.

There I rested recently
At the table and upon the bench,
And because I had not eaten for a long time
I called for food and drink.

Soon there came, carrying it,
The innkeeper’s rosy child;
I gazed upon her lips and cheeks
Until I was nearly blinded.

She spoke to me and laughed,
But I was benumbed and mute,
I do not know what I thought,
The millstone turned round about.

And as I parted from thence,
My steps were so heavy;
Within my heart I surely
Carried the millstone along with me.

Note: The Eckernkrug was (is?) a solitary guesthouse and forester residence in the Harz Mountains.


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Text added to the website: 2014-06-05 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:34
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