by (Karl) Wilhelm Osterwald (1820 - 1887)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Im Grase lieg' ich manche Stunde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Im Grase lieg' ich manche Stunde
Und sonne mich im Frühlingslicht;
Die Augen schweifen in die Runde,
Warum, wohin? Ich weiß es nicht.

Ein Blümchen pflück' ich hin und wieder
Und steck' es träumend an die Brust;
Horch' auf der Vögel süße Lieder,
Doch fehlt zum Singen mir die Lust.

Und wenn die Wolken blau und blauer
In lichter Wonne sich verweh'n,
So überkommt's mich fast wie Trauer
[Doch]1 nimmer weiß ich's zu versteh'n.

Ein Immchen summt in stetem Kreise
Wie'n altes Lied in meiner Näh',
Wenn es mich stäche leise, leise,
Vielleicht! ich wüßte dann mein Weh!

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1 Franz: "Und"


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  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "In primavera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 16
Word count: 98

In the grass I lie for some hours
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the grass I lie for some hours
And sun myself in the spring light;
[My] eyes wander in [a] circle,
Why, to where? I know not.

A little flower I pick here and there
And stick dreamily upon [my] breast;
I listen to the bird's sweet song,
But lack the desire to sing [myself].

And when the blue and bluer clouds
In sunny delight blow away,
Then I am nearly overcome [with] grief,
[Yet]1 never [do] I know [how] to understand it.

A little bee hums in [a] constant circle
[Close to me], like an old song,
If it stung me softly, softly,
Perhaps! I would [understand] then my pain!

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Translations of title(s):
"Im Frühling" = "In spring"
"Frühlingsdämmerung" = "Spring twilight"

1 Franz: "And"


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Line count: 16
Word count: 111