by Hans Eschelbach (1868 - 1948)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wo tiefversteckt im Grunde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wo [tiefversteckt]1 im Grunde
Der Bach vorüber rauscht,
Hat uns in stiller Stunde
Der junge Lenz belauscht.
Er fragte was mir machten,
Und nickte hold uns zu;
Wir sahn uns an und lachten;
Der Lenz und ich und du!
An seiner Seite gingen
Wir durch die weite Welt,
Das gab ein Blühn und Singen,
In Wiese, Wald und Feld.
Auf allen unsern Wegen
Rief ich dir jauchzend zu:
"Wir zieh dem Glück entgegen,
Der Lenz und ich und du!"
Die höchste Höhe leuchtet,
Es glänzt das tiefste Tal,
Dein Auge, glückgefeuchtet,
Ist wie der Sonne Strahl!
Die Lerche hebt die Schwingen
Und strebt dem Himmel zu,
Und Liebeslieder singen:
Der Lenz und ich und du!

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Confirmed with Hans Eschelbach, Sommersänge. Gedichte, Fünfte Auflage, Paderborn: Druck und Verlag von Ferdinand Schöningh, [1917], page 13

1 Rößler: "tief versteckt"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "We three", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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We three
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Where hidden far down in the valley
The brook rushes past,
In a quiet hour
The emergent Spring eavesdropped on us.
She asked what we were up to,
And nodding lovingly to us;
We looked at each other and laughed;
Spring and I and you!
At her side we wandered
Through the wide world.
There was a blooming and a singing
In meadow, forest and field.
Upon all our pathways
I called to you exultingly:
"We are travelling toward happiness,
Spring and I and you!"
The highest height is glowing,
The deepest valley is shining,
Your eyes, bedewed by happiness,
Are like the beams of the sun,
The lark lifts its wings
And strives toward Heaven,
And love songs we are singing,
Spring and I and you!


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This text was added to the website: 2015-08-07
Line count: 24
Word count: 127