by Johannes Schlaf (1862 - 1941)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Waldsonne
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE NOR
In die braunen, rauschenden Nächte
Flittert ein Licht herein,
Grüngolden ein Schein.

Blumen blinken auf und Gräser
Und die singenden, springenden Waldwässerlein,
Und Erinnerungen.

Die längst verklungenen:
Golden erwachen sie wieder,
All deine fröhlichen Lieder.

Und ich sehe deine goldenen Haare glänzen,
Und ich sehe deine goldenen Augen glänzen
Aus den grünen, raunenden Nächten.

Und mir ist, ich läge neben dir auf dem Rasen
Und hörte dich wieder auf der glitzeblanken Syrinx
In die blauen Himmelslüfte blasen.

In die braunen, wühlenden Nächte
Flittert ein Licht,
Ein goldener Schein.

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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Sun in the forest", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Soleil dans la forêt", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Skogssol", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 88

Sun in the forest
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A light shimmers 
in the brown, rushing night,
a green-golden sheen.

Flowers shine forth and grass
and the singing, springing rivulets 
and memories.

All your songs of joy 
that faded away long ago:
golden is their awakening again.

And I see your lustrous golden hair,
and I see your bright golden eyes
shining through the green, whispering nights.

And I fancy I lie on the grass beside you
and hear you playing the shiny syrinx again
under azure skies.

A light shimmers 
in the brown, rolling nights --
a golden sheen.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-02-01
Line count: 18
Word count: 90