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

Treib' hin, du letzte Scholle Eis
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Treib' hin, du letzte Scholle Eis,
Brich' auf, du junges braunes Reis,
Ich hab' genug an all dem Weiß,
Säh's gerne grünen und blühen.
Der Lenz steht draußen vor dem Thor,
Das Veilchen spitzt sein blaues Ohr,
Wie sehr es auch die Nacht noch fror,
Es fühlt ein Schwellen und Glühen.

Ich athme Würz' und Wonnen ein,
Umfaßt von goldnem Sonnenschein,
Schon grüßte mich ein Vögelein,
Das schüttelte sein Gefieder.
Mir selber wird so federleicht,
Als ob ins Herz die Liebe schleicht,
Der Frühling kommt und lacht und reicht
Mir Blumen und neue Lieder.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Springtime", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 16
Word count: 94

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Flow away, you last ice floe,
Break open, you young brown sprig,
I have had enough of all this whiteness,
I would gladly see everything become green and blossom.
Spring is standing outside the gate,
The violet pricks up its blue ear,
However much it may still have frozen in the night,
[The violet] feels a swelling and a glowing.

I breathe in spicy scents and joys,
Embraced by golden sunshine,
Already a little bird greeted me,
It shook its feathers.
I myself feel so feather-light,
As if love were creeping into my heart,
Spring is coming and laughs
And hands me flowers and new songs.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-07-23
Line count: 16
Word count: 106