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

Alle Blumen möcht' ich binden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Alle Blumen möcht' ich binden,
Alle dir in einen Strauß
Und mit Kränzen dich umwinden,
Daß du lachend säh'st heraus.

Alle Vögel möcht' ich fangen,
Alle dir nach meinem Sinn,
Wenn sie in den Zweigen sangen,
Wies ich stets zu dir sie hin.

Alle Schätze möcht' ich heben,
Alle aus der Tiefe Schoß,
Daß ich dir sie könnte geben
Und du würdest reich und groß.

Ach! was kann ich, und was hab' ich!
Bin ich doch so arm wie du,
Was ich hatte, ach! das gab ich,
Und mich selbst, mich selbst dazu.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-24
Line count: 16
Word count: 93

I wish to bind all the flowers
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I wish to bind all the flowers,
All into a bouquet for you
And twine wreaths about you,
So that, laughing, you would gaze out from them.

I would like to catch all the birds,
All for you after my fancy,
When they would sing in the branches,
I would always send them your way.

I would like to unearth all treasures,
All, from the bowels of the deeps,
So that I could give them to you
And you would become rich and great.

Alas! what I can do, and what do I have!
I am just as poor as you.
Whatever I had, ah! that I have given,
And myself, myself along with it.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-11-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 115