by Anna (Nuhn) Ritter (1865 - 1921)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Im Waldesfrieden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Tiefer, tiefer Waldesfrieden,
Lenzdurchrauschte Einsamkeit,
Wie du meiner Seele Pforten,
Die in Sorgen eng geworden,
Oeffnest nun so weit, so weit.

Sehnend suche ich im Laube
Deiner Schritte sanfte Spur,
Möchte, aus mir selbst entlassen,
Deine lieben Hände fassen,
Sonnig lächelnde Natur.

Confirmed with Anna Ritter, Gedichte, Einundzwanzigste Auflage, Stuttgart und Berlin: J.G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger, 1905, page 96.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In the peace of the forest", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Dans la paix de la forêt", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2011-07-10
Line count: 10
Word count: 42

In the peace of the forest
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Profound, profound peace of the forest,
Solitude filled with the soughing of spring,
The gates of my soul
That narrowed from anxiety,
How you now open them so wide, so wide.

Yearningly I search in the foliage
For the gentle trace of your footsteps;
Released from myself, I would like
To grasp your dear hands,
Sunnily smiling Nature.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-06-24
Line count: 10
Word count: 58