by Hans Bethge (1876 - 1946)
Translation © by Regina Berlinghof

Das Blatt der Frühlingsweide
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Chinese (中文) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Nicht deshalb lieb ich jene junge Frau,
Die träumerisch an ihrem Fenster lehnt,
Weil sie den ragenden Palast besitzt
Am Gelben Flusse, - nein, ich liebe sie,
Weil sie dies kleine Blatt der Frühlingsweide
Ins Wasser gleiten ließ . . .

Nicht deshalb liebe ich den Ostwind, weil
Er mir den holden Duft der Birnbaumblüten
Herüberträgt von blumig weißen Höhen, -
Nein, weil er mir das Blatt der Frühlingsweide
An meinen Kahn trieb, - darum lieb ich ihn!

Nicht deshalb lieb ich dieses kleine Blatt
Der Frühlingsweide, weil es mir die Wonnen
Des Lenzes bringt, - nein, weil die junge Frau
Mit einer feinen Nadel meinen Namen
Hineingeritzt hat, - darum lieb ich es!

Confirmed with Hans Bethge, Die chinesische Flöte, Insel Verlag, 1918, page 69.


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  • ENG English (Regina Berlinghof) , "The Spring Willow's Leaf", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The Spring Willow's Leaf
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I do not love that young woman
Leaning dreamily at the window
Because she owns the towering palace
At the Yellow River - no, I love her
Because slipped this tiny villow leaf
Into the waters . . .

I do not love the east wind
Because he brings the fragrance of pear blossoms
From flowering white heights, -
No, because his blowing made the willow leaf
Float towards my boat, - therefore I love him!

I do not love this tiny little willow leaf
Because it brings the delights of spring, -
No, because the young woman scratched
With a very fine needle my name
Into it, - therefore I love it!


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 113