by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Diese Rose pflück' ich hier
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Diese Rose pflück' ich hier
In der [weiten]1 Ferne,
Liebes [Mädchen]2, dir, ach dir,
Brächt' ich sie so gerne!

Doch bis ich zu dir mag ziehn
Viele weite Meilen,
Ist die Rose längst dahin;
Denn die Rosen eilen.

Nie soll weiter sich in's Land
Lieb' von Liebe wagen,
Als sich blühend in der Hand
Läßt die Rose tragen;

Oder als die Nachtigall
Halme bringt zum Neste,
Oder als ihr süßer Schall
Wandert mit dem Weste.

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1 Lang: "fremden"
2 Lang: "Herze"


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A la que és lluny", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "To the Distant One", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2016-10-23 15:24:00
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Word count: 75

To the Distant One
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I pick this rose here
In the [great]1 distance.
Dear [maiden]2, to you, ah to you
I would bring it so gladly!

But by the time I could travel to you
Many distant miles,
The rose would long be wilted;
For roses hurry [to die].

Never should lovers venture
Farther from each other
Than a blooming rose may be
Carried in a person's hand [without wilting];

Or [farther] than the nightingale
Brings straws to its nest,
Or [farther] than [the nightingale's] sweet sounds
Are carried by the west wind.

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1 Lang: "unknown"
2 Lang: "heart"


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Text added to the website: 2006-12-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:19
Line count: 16
Word count: 89