by Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Karwoche
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE FRE ITA
O Woche, Zeugin heiliger Beschwerde!
Du stimmst so ernst zu dieser Frühlingswonne,
Du breitest im verjüngten Strahl der Sonne
Des Kreuzes Schatten auf die lichte Erde,

Und senkest schweigend deine Flöre nieder;
Der Frühling darf indessen immer keimen,
Das Veilchen duftet unter Blütenbäumen
Und alle Vöglein singen Jubellieder.

O schweigt, ihr Vöglein auf den grünen Auen!
Es hallen rings die dumpfen Glockenklänge,
Die Engel singen leise Grabgesänge;
O still, ihr Vöglein hoch im Himmelblauen!

Ihr Veilchen, kränzt heut keine Lockenhaare!
Euch pflückt mein frommes Kind zum dunklen Strausse,
Ihr wandert mit zum Muttergotteshause, 
Da sollt ihr welken auf des Herrn Altare.

Ach dort, von Trauermelodieen trunken,
Und süß betäubt von schweren Weihrauchdüften,
Sucht sie den Bräutigam in Todesgrüften,
Und Lieb' und Frühling, Alles ist versunken!

Confirmed with Mörike, Eduard, Werke, Herausgegeben von Hannsludwig Geiger, Sonderausgabe der Tempel-Klassiker, Emil Vollmer Verlag, Wiesbaden, p. 85.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Setmana Santa", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Holy week", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Semaine sainte", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Semaine Sainte", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Settimana santa", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2014-08-16 13:49:13
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Holy week
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh week, witness of the holy passion!
You sound so serious in the joy of this spring,
into the renewed rays of the sun you spread
the shadow of the cross over the illuminated earth

and silently lay down your veil;
meanwhile spring is allowed to continue its bursting forth,
the violet gives off its scent under the blossoming trees
and all the birds sing songs of jubilation.

Oh be quiet, you birds on the green meadows!
The muffled bells resound,
the angels are singing soft funeral songs:
be still you birds up in the blue sky!

You violets, do not adorn any hair today!
My pious child is picking you for a dark wreath,
you will go with her to the house of the mother of God
where you will wither on the Lord's altar.

Oh there, drunk with mournful melodies,
and sweetly sprinkled with the heavy scent of incense,
she is seeking her bridegroom in the grave vaults,
and love, and spring, everything is submerged!

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Text added to the website: 2006-04-07 00:00:00
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