by Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860 - 1908)
Translation © by Linda Godry

Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Old lilac bushes thin and grey
In wistful longing sigh
Dishevelled roses blush in vain;
No mistress lingers by.
The tansy creeps e'en to the door
Through garden tangles sweet
Gaunt apple trees their wizened fruit,
Strew at the master's feet;
And lo! a cricket bravely chirps
Throughout the lonely house,
But those who lov'd there long ago;
They sleep too deep to 'rouse.
Yet keep, O keep your trust to heart,
'Twill never last now long:
For house and ye shall pass away,
Yea! even as my song, my song.


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Beständigkeit", copyright © 2008, (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: 16
Word count: 91

Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Alte Fliederbüsche licht und fahl
Seufzen in wehmütigem Sehnen
Zerzauste Rosen erröten umsonst;
Da keine Hausherrin sie bewundert.
Der Rainfarn drängt sich bis ans Haus
Zwischen süß duftenden Ranken hin
Hagere Apfelbäume streuen ihre verschrumpelten Früchte
ihren Besitzern zu Füßen:
Und horch! Eine standhafte Grille zirpt
Ihr Lied noch durch das verlassne Haus,
Doch jene, die sich dort einst liebten;
Sie schlafen einen tiefen Schlaf.
Und doch, und doch bewahr dein ruhiges Vertrauen,
das es nicht lange währet mehr:
Bis jenes Haus und du vergehen,
Ja, sogar mein Lied, mein Lied.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-07-23
Line count: 16
Word count: 91