Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ein braunes Kästchen nehm' ich oft zur Hand;
Ein Ring liegt d'rin, viel alter Blumentand,
Man kann die Rosen d'runter kaum erkennen.
In grauen Zweigen liegt verborgen tief
Ein kleiner, lieber, blaßgeküßter Brief,
Ein fahles Bildniß und -- viel tausend Thränen.
Was theures Todtes dieser Schrank umschließt,
Welch' schwerer Jammer hier begraben ist,
Kann mir kein Kirchhof auf der Welt erzählen.
Streift nur mein Blick den kleinen Todtenschrank,
Werd' ich zum Sterben selber müd' und krank . . .
So hab' ich alle Tage -- Allerseelen.

Confirmed with Fliegende Blätter, 97. Band (1892), Nro. 2470, page 196


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "All Soul’s Day", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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All Soul’s Day
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I often take a little brown box into my hands;
A ring lies in it, much old flower-trumpery,
One can scarcely recognize the roses among it.
In grey twigs, deeply hidden, lies
A small dear letter, faded by countless kisses,
A pale image and -- many thousands of tears.
What precious dead are held within this box,
What heavy misery is buried here --
No churchyard in the world can tell of such sorrow.
If my eyes fall even briefly upon the little casket,
I become weary and sick unto death . . .
For me is thus every day -- All Soul’s Day.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-01
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Word count: 101