by Maidy Koch (1875 - 1966)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Es steht wohl mancher Weiser
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Es steht wohl mancher Weiser
Im Land an Weg und Steg,
Wohl manches Kreuz verwittert,
Im dichten Dorngeheg'.

Bin alle schon gegangen,
Die Wege her und hin,
Weit über Thal und Berge,
Mit wandermüdem Sinn.

Den einen, nur den einen --
Ich liess ihn einst im Glück --
Den Weg zu meinem Frieden . . .
Den find' ich nicht zurück.

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This text was added to the website: 2019-04-29
Line count: 12
Word count: 59

There must be many a signpost
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
There must be many a signpost
Along road and path in the land,
Well many a weathered cross
In the dense thorny thicket.

I have already walked them all,
The paths here and there,
Far over valley and mountain
With a spirit weary of wandering.

One, only one of them --
I left it once in happiness --
The road to my peace . . .
To that one I cannot find my way back.

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Translations of title(s):
"Es steht wohl mancher Weiser im Land an Weg und Steg" = "There must be many a signpost along road and path in the land"
"Irrwege" = "Wrong pathways"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-05-08
Line count: 12
Word count: 73