by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

In Vaters Garten heimlich steht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
   In Vaters Garten heimlich steht
Ein Blümchen, traurig und bleich;
Der Winter zieht fort, der Frühling weht,
Bleich Blümchen bleibt immer so bleich.
Die bleiche Blume schaut
Wie eine kranke Braut.
   Zu mir bleich Blümchen leise spricht:
"Lieb Brüderchen, pflücke mich!"
Zu Blümchen sprech' ich: Das thu' ich nicht,
Ich pflücke nimmermehr dich.
Ich such' mit Müh' und Not
Die Blume purpurrot.
   Bleich Blümchen spricht: "Such hin, such her,
Bis an deinen kühlen Tod,
Du suchst umsonst, findst nimmermehr
Die Blume purpurrot.
Mich aber pflücken thu,
Ich bin so krank wie du."
   So lispelt bleich Blümchen, und bittet sehr --
Da zag' ich, und pflück' ich es schnell.
Und plötzlich blutet mein Herze nicht mehr,
Mein inneres Auge wird hell.
In meine wunde Brust
Kommt stille Engellust.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun., [no year], page 34


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Secretly standing in my father’s garden", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Dans le jardin de mon père se tenai", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 127

Secretly standing in my father’s garden
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Secretly standing in my father’s garden
Is a little flower, sad and pale;
Winter is departing, springtime breezes are blowing,
The pale little flower ever remains pale.
The pale flower looks
Like a sick bride.

The pale little flower quietly speaks to me:
Dear little brother, pick me!
To the little flower I say:  That I shall not do,
I shall never pick you;
With toil and hardship I am seeking
The crimson flower.

The pale little flower says: Search here, search there,
Until your cold death,
You search in vain, you shall never find
The crimson flower;
But pick me, do,
I am as ill as you are.

Thus whispers the pale little flower, and pleads sorely -
Then I hesitate and pick it quickly.
And suddenly my heart no longer bleeds,
My inner eye becomes bright.
Into my wounded bosom
Comes the quiet joy of the angels.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-07-09
Line count: 24
Word count: 149