by Georg Scherer (1824 - 1909)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die Waldkapelle
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wo tief im Tannengrunde
  So friedlich äst das Wild,
Steht an geweihter Stelle
Die kleine Waldkapelle 
  Mit ihrem Gnadenbild.
Der Epheu und die Rose
  Umrankt das Bild von Stein;
Die Vöglein in den Zweigen,
Sie laden durch ihr Schweigen
  Hier still zum Beten ein.

Habt Rast, ihr Hirsch' und Rehe,
  Hab Rast, mein Roß, auch du!
Kein Jagdruf soll euch schrecken,
Kein Horn den Wald erwecken
  Aus tiefer Mittagsruh.

Confirmed with Gedichte von Georg Scherer, vierte, vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Wien: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1894, page 17


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The forest-chapel", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The forest‑chapel
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Where in the depths of the firwood
  The beasts graze so peacefully,
There at a consecrated spot
Stands the little forest-chapel
  With its shrine.

Ivy and rose twine about
  The image made of stone;
The birds in the branches,
With their silence they invite one
  Here to quiet prayer.

Rest, ye elks and deer,
  Take rest, my horse, you too!
No hunting call shall startle you,
No horn shall waken the forest
  From its deep midday rest.


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Word count: 77