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Ein Knäblein stand auf einem Hügel, Blickt in die Gegend rings umher, Da spielt der Wind mit sanften Flügel Ihm um das Haupt; er seufzt so schwer. Warum? Warum? Das wuss't er nicht. Und bei des Mondes Schein Gewahrt er ein Gesicht Wie Nebel zart und fein. Es schwebt als lichter Schatten Auf dunkler Wiesen Matten. Und als er erblickt, Es ihm so traulich nickt. Es war ein Gruss aus besser'm Land; Auf Mutter's Grab der Knabe stand.
- by Ferdinand, Freiherr von Rast (1808 - 1889), as Ferdinand Hilarius [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "The Hill", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani
This text was added to the website: 2008-03-31
Line count: 14
Word count: 78
A boy stands on a hill, Gazing around, The gentle wings of the wind play Around his head; [but] he sighs heavily. Why? Why? He didn’t know. And in the moonlight He sees a face Through the delicate, fine mist. It hovers like a pale shadow Over the mat of dark meadows. And as he continues to look, It nods to him in recognition. It was a greeting from a better place; On his mother’s grave, stood the boy.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2020 by Laura Prichard, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Ferdinand, Freiherr von Rast (1808 - 1889), as Ferdinand Hilarius
This text was added to the website: 2020-01-03
Line count: 14
Word count: 79