by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Ich wand ein Sträußchen morgens früh
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich wand ein [Sträußchen morgens]1 früh,
  Das ich der Liebsten schickte;
Nicht ließ ich sagen ihr, von wem,
  Und wer die Blumen pflückte.

Doch als ich abends kam zum Tanz
  Und tat verstohlen und sachte,
Da trug sie die Nelken am Busenlatz
  Und schaute mich an und lachte.

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1 Bock: "Sträußlein morgens"; Othegraven: "Sträusslein des Morgens"; further changes may exist not shown above.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Carnations", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Œillets", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 48

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Early in the morning I wound a little garland
 that I sent to my beloved;
 I did not let them tell her from whom,
 or who had picked the flowers.
 But when in the evening I came to dance
 and acted furtive and quiet,
 she came in with the carnations on her bosom,
 looked at me and laughed.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 59