by Karl Ziegler (1812 - 1877)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Es ist mein Herz verengt, verdorrt,
Bedeckt mit Nacht, ein wüster Ort.
Kaum findet Platz ein finstrer Traum,
Es ächzt der Schmerz im engen Raum.
Da kommt der Lenz; die Luft lau,
Die Wälder grün, der Himmel blau,
Die ganze Erd' ein Blumenstrauss;
Es dehnt die Brust sich mächtig aus.
Die Welt so schön, das Herz so weit,
Ström in mein Herz, Weltherrlichkeit!


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Set in a modified version by Heinrich August Marschner.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The advent of spring", copyright ©

Researcher for this text: John H. Campbell

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 63

The advent of spring
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 My heart is constructed, withering,
 smothered by night in a desolate place.
 One can hardly find a darker dream,
 anguish groaning in its cramped room.
 Then there comes Spring: the warm air,
 the green woods, the blue sky,
 the entire land a bouquet of flowers;
 it makes the chest expand so powerfully.
 The world is so fair and the heart so broad:
 let the grandeur of the world pour into my heart!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 73