by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Jakob Kellner

Ein Tännlein grünet, wo
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA ITA SPA
Ein Tännlein grünet, wo,
Wer weiß! im Walde,
Ein Rosenstrauch, wer sagt,
In welchem Garten?
Sie sind erlesen schon,
Denk' es, o Seele,
Auf deinem Grab zu wurzeln
Und zu wachsen.

Zwei schwarze Rößlein weiden
Auf der Wiese,
Sie kehren heim zur Stadt
In [muntern]1 Sprüngen.
Sie werden schrittweis gehn
Mit deiner Leiche;
[Vielleicht, vielleicht noch eh']2
An ihren Hufen
Das Eisen los wird,
Das ich blitzen sehe!

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1 Pfitzner: "muntren"
2 Distler: "Vielleicht noch, vielleicht eh'"; Rheinberger: "Vielleicht noch eh'"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Jakob Kellner) , "A little fir-tree flourishes", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Un petit sapin s'épanouit", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Songes à cela, o mon âme !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Pensaci, o anima!", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Pupillo) , "Pensaci, o anima", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Martin Zubiria) , "Piensa en ello, alma mía", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

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: 68

A little fir‑tree flourishes
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A little fir-tree flourishes,
who knows where, in the wood;
A rosebush, who can tell
in what garden?
They are selected already,
Consider, o soul,
to take root and grow
on your grave.

Two young black horses graze
on the pasture,
they return back to town
with lively leaps.
They will go step by step
with your corpse;
perhaps, perhaps even before
on their hooves
the shoe gets loose,
and I can see it sparkle.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
Line count: 18
Word count: 75