Translation © by Emily Ezust

An ein Veilchen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Birg, o Veilchen, in deinem blauen Kelche,
Birg die Tränen der Wehmut, bis mein Liebchen
Diese Quelle besucht! Entpflückt sie lächelnd
Dich dem Rasen, die Brust mit dir zu schmücken.
O dann schmiege dich ihr ans Herz, und sag ihr,
Daß die Tropfen in deinem blauen Kelche
Aus der Seele des treu'sten Jünglings flossen,
Der sein Leben verweinet, und den Tod wünscht.


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan een viooltje", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To a violet", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 62

To a violet
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Hide, o violet, in your blue calyx -
 Hide my melancholy tears, until my darling
 Visits this spring! If she smilingly picks
 You from the grass to adorn her bosom with you,
 Oh then nestle yourself to her heart, and tell her
 That those drops in your blue calyx
 Flowed from the soul of the truest youth,
 Who is weeping away his life and wishes for death.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 68