by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Jetzt rede du!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Du warest mir ein täglich Wanderziel,
Viellieber Wald, in dumpfen Jugendtagen,
Ich hatte dir geträumten Glücks so viel
Anzuvertraun, so wahren Schmerz zu klagen.

Und wieder such' ich dich, du dunkler Hort,
Und deines Wipfelmeers gewaltig Rauschen -
Jetzt rede du! Ich lasse dir das Wort!
Verstummt ist Klag und Jubel. Ich will lauschen.

Confirmed with Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Gedichte, Leipzig: H. Haessel, 1882. Appears in 2. Stunde, page 42. Note: this is a later version of "Der Bergwald".


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Now you speak!", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Maintenant parle !", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Jakob Kellner , Melanie Trumbull

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 54

Now you speak!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 You were the goal of my daily walks,
 well-beloved wood, in dull days of youth.
 I had so many dreamed joys
 to confide in you, such true pain to lament.
 And again I seek you out, you dark refuge,
 with your seas of treetops roaring powerfully -
 now you speak! I let you have your word!
 Silenced are my laments and jubilations. I wish to listen.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 67