Translation © by Emily Ezust

Mitten in dem kleinen Teiche
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA POR
Mitten in dem kleinen Teiche
Steht ein Pavillon aus grünem
Und aus weißem Porzellan.

Wie der Rücken eines Tigers
Wölbt die Brücke sich aus Jade
Zu dem Pavillon hinüber.

In dem Häuschen sitzen Freunde,
Schön gekleidet, trinken, plaudern,
Manche schreiben Verse nieder.

Ihre seidnen Ärmel gleiten
Rückwärts, ihre seidnen Mützen
Hocken lustig tief im Nacken.

Auf des kleinen Teiches stiller
Wasserfläche zeigt sich alles
Wunderlich im Spiegelbilde,

Alles auf dem Kopfe stehend
In dem Pavillon aus grünem
Und aus weißem Porzellan;

Wie ein Halbmond steht die Brücke,
Umgekehrt der Bogen. Freunde,
Schön gekleidet, trinken, plaudern.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "De la joventut", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Of youth", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Giovinezza", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Paulo Albuquerque de Noronha) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-16
Line count: 21
Word count: 95

Of youth
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In the middle of the small pond
stands a pavilion of green
and white porcelain.

Like the back of a tiger
the jade bridge arches
across toward the pavilion.

In the small house sit friends,
finely dressed; they drink, chat,
and some write down verses.

Their silk sleeves slide back, 
their silk caps
perch jauntily far back on their necks.

On the small pond's still
surface, all things appear
strangely mirrored.

Everything is standing on its head
in the pavilion of green
and white porcelain.

The bridge looks like a half-moon,
its arch inverted. Friends,
finely dressed, are drinking and chatting.

Changed 2014-08-11 with thanks to Dr. Harald Krebs for his kind suggestions.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-16
Line count: 21
Word count: 101