Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Mir träumt', ich flög' gar bange
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Mir träumt', ich flög' gar bange
Weit in die Welt hinaus,
Zu Straßburg [durch]1 alle Gassen
Bis vor Feinsliebchens Haus.

Feinsliebchen ist [betrübet]2,
Als ich so flieg', und weint:
"Wer dich so fliegen [lehret]3,
Das ist der böse Feind." 4

[Feinsliebchen! was hilft lügen]5,
Da du doch alles weißt!
Wer mich so fliegen [lehrte]6,
Das ist der böse Geist.

Feinsliebchen weint und schreiet,
Daß ich am Schrei erwacht,
Da lieg' ich, ach! in Augsburg
Gefangen auf der Wacht. 4

Und morgen muß ich hangen,
Feinslieb mich nicht mehr ruft,
Wohl morgen als ein Vogel
[Schweb']7 ich in freier Luft.

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Confirmed with Justinus Kerner Werke, Zweiter Teil, Gedichte, ed. Raimund Pissin, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1914, page 51

Note: Kerner's poem was included in Des Knaben Wunderhorn under the title "Icarus" with the subtitle "Mitgetheilt, wahrscheinlich nicht sehr alt".
1 Petersen: "in"
2 Petersen: "betrübt"
3 Petersen: "lehrt"
4 Petersen adds "Tralirumla! Tralirumla!"
5 Petersen: "Feinslieb, was hilft hier lügen"
6 Petersen: "lehrt"
7 Duis, Petersen: "Schwank"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Matthias Gräff-Schestag , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 99

I dreamt I flew quite anxiously
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I dreamt I flew quite anxiously
Far out into the world,
To Strasbourg [through]1 all the streets
Up to the house of my lady-love.

My lady-love is sorrowful,
That I fly thus, and she weeps:
“The one who taught you to fly like that,
That is the devil.”2

My lady-love, of what use is lying,
Since you know everything anyway!
The one who [taught]3 me to fly like this,
That is the evil spirit.

My lady-love weeps and screams,
Such that I awaken at her scream,
There I lie, alas, in Augsburg
A prisoner well watched.2

And tomorrow I must hang,
My lady-love shall no longer call me,
Tomorrow already like a bird
I shall [float]4 in the free breezes.

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Translated titles:
"Icarus" = "Icarus"
"Der schwere Traum" = "The oppressive dream"

1 Petersen: "into"
2 Petersen adds "Tralirumla! Tralirumla!"
3 Petersen: "teaches"
4 Duis, Petersen: "sway"


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This text was added to the website: 2014-09-03
Line count: 20
Word count: 120