by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Deine Rosen an der Brust
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Deine Rosen an der Brust,
sitz' ich unter fremden Menschen,
laß sie reden, laß sie lärmen,
jung Geheimnis tief im Herzen.

Wenn ich einstimm' in ihr Lachen,
ist's das Lachen meiner Liebe;
wenn ich ernst dem Nachbar lausche,
lausch' ich selig still nach innen.

Einen ganzen langen Abend
muß ich fern dir, Liebster, weilen,
küssend heimlich, ohne Ende,
deine Rosen an der Brust.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ta rose à la poitrine", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-04-02
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

Your roses on my breast
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Your roses on my breast,
I sit among strangers,
Letting them speak, letting them be noisy,
A new secret deep in my heart.

When I take part in their laughter,
It is a laugh of my love;
When I listen earnestly to my neighbour,
I listen with bliss to my soul.

Although for an entire long evening
I must be far from you, my love,
Without ceasing, I secretly kiss
Your roses on my breast.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 75