by Heinrich Leuthold (1827 - 1879)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Blätterfall
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Leise, windverwehte Lieder,
Mögt ihr fallen in den Sand!
Blätter seid ihr eines Baumes,
Welcher nie in Blüthe stand.

Welke, windverwehte Blätter,
Boten naher Winterruh',
Fallet sacht! . . . ihr deckt die Gräber
Mancher todten Hoffnung zu.

Confirmed with Gedichte von Heinrich Leuthold, Dritte vermehrte Auflage, Frauenfeld, Verlag von J. Huber, 1884, p. 3.


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


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Fall of leaves
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Quiet, windblown songs,
May you fall into the sand!
You are leaves of a tree
That never blossomed.
 
Withered, windblown leaves,
Messengers of the nearing winter-rest,
Fall gently! . . . you cover the graves
Of many a dead hope.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-09-25
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