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

Ich wand ein Sträußlein Morgens früh
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich wand ein [Sträußlein Morgens]1 früh,
Das ich der Liebsten [schickte]2;
Nicht ließ ich sagen ihr, von wem,
Und wer die Blumen [pflückte]3.

[Doch]4 als ich Abends kam zum Tanz
Und that verstohlen und [sachte]5,
Da trug sie die Nelken am Busenlatz
Und schaute mich an und [lachte]6.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Theodor Storm, Achte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Gebrüder Paetel, 1889, page 232.

1 Leberl, Reger, Vretblad: "Sträußchen morgens"; Othegraven: "Sträusslein des Morgens"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Leberl: "schickt"
3 Leberl: "pflückt"; Vretblad: "schickte"
4 Vretblad: "Und"
5 Leberl: "sacht"
6 Leberl: "lacht"


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  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation (J. A. D. ) by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Patrik Vretblad.

Other 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