by Max Kalbeck (1850 - 1921)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Wohl weiß ich, was das Schilfrohr sagt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Wohl weiß ich, was das Schilfrohr sagt,
Und was das Lied des Vogels klagt,
Ach Luft und Flut und Feld und Hain
Sind all erfüllt von gleicher Pein!

Zu folgen wähnt ich dir, Natur,
Und geh auf eigner Leiden Spur,
Es kommt die Nacht mit leisem Schritt
Und nimmt uns Alle, Alle mit.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2003
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2017-07-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 53

Well I know what the bulrush is saying
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Well I know what the bulrush is saying,
and what song the bird laments:
ah, breeze and stream and field and grove
are all overflowing with equal pain!

I fancy to follow you, Nature,
and go on a separate path of sorrow;
night comes with gentle steps
and takes us and everything with it.

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-05
Line count: 8
Word count: 54