by Joseph Campbell (1881 - 1944), as Seosamh MacCathmhaoil
Translation © by Beate Binnig

Cherry Valley
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
In Cherry Valley the cherries blow:
The valley paths are white as snow.

And in their time with clusters red
The [scented]1 boughs are crimsonèd.

[Even now the moon]2 is looking thro'
The glimmer of the honey dew.

A petal trembles to the grass,
The feet of fairies pass and pass.

By them, I know, all beauty comes
To me, a habitan of slums.

I sing no rune, I say no line:
The gift of second sight is mine!

R. Quilter sets stanzas 1-4

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1 Quilter: "heavy"
2 Quilter: "Now the low moon"


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Beate Binnig) , "Kirschtal", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Alvin Kho

This text was added to the website: 2009-03-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 79

Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Im Kirschtal wehen die Kirschen:
die Pfade des Tales sind schneeweiß.

Und danach werden ihre duftenden Äste
mit roten Büscheln purpur gefärbt.

Sogar jetzt schaut hindurch
der Glanz des Honigtaus.

Ein Blütenblatt fällt zitternd aufs Gras,
die Füße der Elfen schreiten vorbei.

Durch sie, so weiß ich, kommt alle Schönheit
zu mir, einem Bewohner der Elendsquartiere.

Ich singe keinen Zauberspruch, I sage keine Zeile auf:
die Gabe der Hellsichtigkeit ist mein!


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This text was added to the website: 2016-05-24
Line count: 12
Word count: 71