by Ottilie Kleinschrod, née Stieler (1830 - 1913), as Ottilie Malybrok-Stieler
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Am Bache
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Czech (Čeština) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Leise rinnt der Bach und klaget,
   Weil er muß vorüber zieh'n
An den lieblich schönen Blumen,
   Die am grünen Ufer blüh'n.

Sollt' ihr Bild im eig'nen Herzen
   Er auch wiederstrahlen seh'n,
Muß er doch vorüber eilen,
   Darf nicht kosend stille steh'n.

Bächlein! Trägst mein eig'nes Leiden;
   Muß ja kalt und schweigend geh'n
Von der allerschönsten Blume
   Fort auf Nimmer-Wiederseh'n!

Confirmed with O. Malybrok-Stieler, Lyrische Gedichte und Uebertragungen nach böhmischer Kunst- und Volks-Poesie, Prag: Druck und Verlag von J. Otto, 1887, page 15


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "At the brook", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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At the brook
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The brook flows quietly and laments
   Because it has to flow past
The dear, lovely flowers
   That bloom along the green banks.

Though it might see [the image of the flowers]
   Reflected in its own heart,
It must nevertheless hasten past;
   It is not permitted to stand still caressingly.

Brooklet! You bear my own suffering;
   I, too, must walk coldly and silently
Away from the most beautiful flower,
   Never to see her again!


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