by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation Singable translation by Harmony Twitchell (Mrs. Charles Ives) (1876 - 1969)

The South Wind
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When gently blows the South Wind
First through the Northern Wood,
With eagerness he goeth 
where long a tree has stood.

He lifts the leafy cov'ring
that lies close at its base,
and there with sweetest welcome,
looks up his old love's face.

Beneath the snow she waits him
and keeps her leave's brave dress,
Her fair blossom opens
at his first caress.

Each year the flower greets him,
For him, for him alone,
her heart with love's beauty,
through her brief day has shone.


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Word count: 85