by Karl Maria Kertbeny (1824 - 1882)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Du warst ja meine einz'ge Blume
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Hungarian (Magyar) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Du warst ja meine einz'ge Blume;
  Verwelkt bist du -- kahl ist mein Leben!
Du warst für mich die strahlende Sonne,
  Du schiedst -- ich bin von Nacht umgeben!

Warst meiner [Phantasie die]1 Schwinge, 
  Du brachst -- ich kann nun nimmer fliegen!
Du warst die Wärme meines Blutes;
  Du flohst -- ich muß dem Frost erliegen!

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Confirmed with Dichtungen von Alexander Petöfi. Aus dem Ungarischen, in eigenen und fremden Übersetzungen herausgegeben von Karl Maria Kertbeny, Leipzig, F. A. Brockhaus, 1858, page 152.

1 Nietzsche: "Seele leichteste"


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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "Wilted", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Fanée", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 52

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 You were my only flower,
 you are withered, my life is empty.
 You were the shining sun for me,
 you have left, I am surrounded by night.
 My soul swayed freely,
 you are sundered, now I will never fly.
 You warmed my very blood,
 you have gone, I must succumb to the frost.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 54