by Felix Ludwig Julius Dahn (1834 - 1912)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Du mein edles Blümlein, Blümlein jung...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Du mein edles Blümlein, Blümlein jung und zart,
Sage mir, o sage, bist du treuer Art?
Bist du eine Rose, die's mit jedem treibt?
Bist du eine Lilie, die beständig bleibt?
Bist ein' eitle Tulpe, die sich zum Lobe reckt?
Bist ein stilles Veilchen, das sich gern versteckt?
Bist du falsch und eitel, -- sag' mir's offen an,
Weil ich keine solche Blume lieben kann;
Doch bist du eine Lilie oder ein Veilchen gar,
Dann will ich dich lieben jetzt und immerdar. 

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Confirmed with Felix Dahn's Sämtliche Werke poetischen Inhalts, Band XVI, Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1898, page 68.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "You my noble floweret", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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You my noble floweret
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You my noble floweret, floweret young and delicate,
Tell me, oh tell me, are you of the faithful sort?
Are you a rose that takes up with everyone?
Are you a lily that remains steadfast?
Are you a vain tulip that stretches itself forth for praise?
Are you a quiet violet that likes to hide itself?
Are you false and vain, -- tell me openly,
Because I cannot love a flower like that;
But if you are a lily or even a violet,
Then I will love you now and forevermore.


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This text was added to the website: 2020-05-12
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