by Elsa Maria von Packeny (1867 - 1941), as Elsa Asenijeff
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wo ich bin, fern und nah,
Steht dein edles Haupt meinen Augen da...
Nimmermehr bin ich mit mir!
Über all, wo ich geh und steh, bist du allhier.
Träum' ich nachts, bist du da;
Wach ich, steht mir dein Antlitz nah;
Schließ ich die Augen, seh ich dich,
Immer dich, ewiglich!


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

  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Lament", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Plainte", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2011-07-07
Line count: 8
Word count: 51

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Wherever I am, far and near1,	 
There stands your noble visage before my eyes...
Nevermore am I [alone] wth myself!
Over all, wherever I go and stop, you are everywhere.
[When] I dream at night, you are there;
[When] I wake, your image stands near me;
[When] I close my eyes, I see you,
Always you, eternally!

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1 Translator's note: this is unusual in both languages, as the standard idiom in German is “nah und fern,” like “near and far” in English.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-09-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 57