Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Der graue Wolkenhimmel
  Schaut her, wie trüb gesinnt,
  Fast wie sonst Betteshimmel
  Auf mich als krankes Kind.
Dann bath ich:  "Mutter höre,
  Zieh' die Gardinen vor!"
  Sorgsam, daß nichts mich störe,
  Schloß sie das seid'ne Thor.
Dann konnt' ich ruhig schlafen,
  Die Krankheit fühlt' ich kaum,
  Von Wald und frommen Schafen
  War grün und weiß mein Traum.
Mutter, aus ew'gen Sphären
  Siehst du, was ich verlor.
  Zieh' diesen kranken Zähren
  Die letzte Decke vor!

Confirmed with Gedichte von Fridr. Baron de la Motte-Fouqué, Zweyter Theil, Neueste Auflage, Wien: Bey B. Ph. Bauer, 1818, pages 21-22


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

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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
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Word count: 74

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The grey sky full of clouds
  Gazes down, how sad in spirit,
  Almost the way my canopy bed
  Once [gazed down] upon me as a sick child.
Then I asked:  "Mother, listen,
  Draw the curtains!"
  Carefully, so that nothing might disturb me,
  She closed the silken gate.
Then I could sleep peacefully,
  I hardly noticed my illness,
  Green and white were my dreams
  Of forests and docile sheep.
Mother, from the eternal spheres
  You see what I have lost.
  Across these sick tears
  Draw the last coverlet!


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