Translation © by Linda Godry

The pansy
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
O dainty Pansy! hooded all in blue,
    With chastely folding cloak of green, 
A maid whom Eros never knew,
    Nor Love has Seen! 
I yet must fancy, scarce dreamt by thee
    That 'neath thy most discreetest thought 
    There lurks a will which may be taught 
           By Love - and me! 


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Das Veilchen", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-27
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Das Veilchen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Oh anmutiges Veilchen! Mit deiner blauen Haube,
deinem in bescheidenem Faltenwurf dich umfließenden grünen Mantel,
ein Mägdelein, welches weder das Verlangen,
noch die Liebe kennt!
Und doch könnte ich mir denken, dass wage erträumt
Von dir und kaum erdacht
Ein Wollen wartet, welches geführt werden könnte
Von der Liebe -- von mir!


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This text was added to the website: 2009-01-17
Line count: 8
Word count: 51