© by Leibu Levin (1914 - 1983)
Translation © by Hadassah Haskale

Language: Yiddish (יידיש)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Der regn shpint
dos groye lid
              fun benkshaft un
              fun tifn vey.

Fun trern blind,
aleyn zayn mid,
              bin ikh a hunt
              un -- gey.

Farloshn gold.
Der toyter troym
              fun libe zet
              mayn leyd un shvaygt.

Arum nor shtralt
un shimert shoym.
               Di benkshaft tsit
               in vayt ...

S'iz harbst geven,
hot trib geveynt,
                mit oygnlikht
                farloshn shoyn.

Er hot gezen
mayn glik fargeyn,
                 batsvungen mikh
                 un -- shoyn.


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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Hadassah Haskale) , title 1: "Autumn", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Ruth Levin

This text was added to the website: 2007-09-22
Line count: 24
Word count: 68

Language: English  after the Yiddish (יידיש) 
The rain it spins
a dreary song
             of longing and
             of endless pain.

Of wandering blind
myself alone
              just like a hound
              then -- gone.

Lusterless gold,
love's dream that died,  
              at my sorrow
              mutely looks on.

Around me boils
a glistening foam.
               The longing 

Autumn has come,
it weeps for me
               with a dark gaze					
               fastened on mine.

For it has seen
my joy pass by,
                first smiting me
                then -- done.


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  • a text in Yiddish (יידיש) by Leibu Levin (1914 - 1983), copyright © by Ruth Levin, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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This text was added to the website: 2007-09-21
Line count: 24
Word count: 72