by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Auf eine Lampe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Noch unverrückt, o schöne Lampe, schmückest du,
An leichten Ketten zierlich aufgehangen hier,
Die Decke des nun fast vergessnen Lustgemachs.
Auf deiner weißen Marmorschale, deren Rand
Der Efeukranz von goldengrünem Erz umflicht,
Schlingt fröhlich eine Kinderschar den Ringelreihn.
Wie reizend alles! lachend, und ein sanfter Geist
Des Ernstes doch ergossen um die ganze Form--
Ein Kunstgebild der echten Art. Wer achtet sein?
Was aber schön ist, selig scheint es in ihm selbst.


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On a lamp
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Yet not displaced, o fair lamp,
 hanging here delicately on light chains,
 you adorn the ceiling of this now almost forgotten gazebo.
 Upon your white tray of marble, whose rim
 is ringed by a wreath of ivy made of gold-green bronze,
 a band of children gaily hold hands in a circle dance.
 How adorable it all is! it smiles, and yet a gentle spirit
 of solemnity pervades the entire shape -
 an artistic construction of the genuine kind. Who notices it?
 No matter; that which is fair seems to find joy in itself.


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Word count: 94