by Alfred Mombert (1872 - 1942)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Halb im Traum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
   Mein Herz weiß nicht den jungen Lenz zu tragen,
der [plötzlich]1 über Nacht
in grüner Wunderpracht
[sein Zelt sich vor dem Thore]2 aufgeschlagen. 

   Mißtrauisch ist es heut hinausgegangen
und suchte halb im Traum
an jedem grünen Baum
die gelben Blätter, die vom Herbste hangen.

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Confirmed with Alfred Mombert, Tag und Nacht. Gedichte, Heidelberg: Verlag von J. Hörning, 1894, page 41

1 omitted by Knab
2 Knab: "seine Zelte vor dem Tore"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Half in a dream", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 45

Half in a dream
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
   My heart does not know how to bear the young springtime,
which [suddenly]1 overnight,
in wondrous green splendour,
has pitched its [tent]2 before the gate.

   [My heart] went out today, suspiciously,
and, half in a dream, it sought
upon every green tree
the yellow leaves that have hung there since autumn.

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1 omitted by Knab
2 Knab: "tents"


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Word count: 52