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

Ich hab' mir ein Märchen erdacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ich hab' mir ein Märchen erdacht
Aus einem einzigen Blick
Und eine einzige Nacht
Verwehte all mein Glück . . . 

[Ich träumte den seligsten]1 Traum
Von Liebe, die nimmer vergeht . . .
Ein Hauch -- ich fühlte ihn kaum --
Da war er schon verweht.

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Confirmed with Dämmerung. Gedichte von Maidy Koch, Dresden und Leipzig: E. Pierson's Verlag, 1900, page 12.

1 Hoppe: "Mir träumte der seligste"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "I thought up a fairy-tale for myself", copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2022-10-14
Line count: 8
Word count: 45

I thought up a fairy‑tale for myself
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I thought up a fairy-tale for myself
From a single glance
And a single night
Destroyed all my happiness . . .

I dreamt the most blissful dream
Of love, that never dies . . .
A breath -- I hardly felt it --
And the dream was already dispelled.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2022 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2022-10-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 48