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

Begegnung
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA ITA
Was doch heut Nacht ein Sturm gewesen,
Bis erst der Morgen sich geregt!
Wie hat der ungebetne Besen
Kamin und Gassen ausgefegt!

Da kommt ein Mädchen schon die Straßen,
Das halb verschüchtert um sich sieht;
Wie Rosen, die der Wind zerblasen,
So unstet ihr Gesichtchen glüht.

Ein schöner Bursch tritt ihr entgegen,
Er will ihr voll Entzücken nahn:
Wie sehn sich freudig und verlegen
Die ungewohnten Schelme an!

Er scheint zu fragen, ob das Liebchen
Die Zöpfe schon zurecht gemacht,
Die heute Nacht im offnen Stübchen 
Ein Sturm in Unordnung gebracht.

Der Bursche träumt noch von den Küßen,
Die ihm das süße Kind getauscht,
[Er steht,]1 von Anmut hingerissen, 
Derweil sie um die Ecke rauscht.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Encontre", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Encounter", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Rencontre", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Rencontre", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Incontro", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Pupillo) , "Incontro", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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Word count: 115

Encounter
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
What a storm it was last night,
raging until the morning!
How that unprayed-for broom
swept clean the chimneys and the streets!

There comes a maiden along the street
who, half-scared, glances around her;
like roses that the wind blows wild,
so her face's glow fluctuates.

A handsome boy steps up toward her:
he wants to approach her, full of delight:
how joyful and embarrassed
seems this unaccustomed rogue!

He appears to ask, whether his sweetheart
has put to right her braids,
which last night in her open chamber
a storm brought into disorder.

The lad still dreams of the kisses
which that sweet girl exchanged with him;
and he stands, overcome by her charm,
while away she rushes, around the corner.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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Word count: 122