by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)
Translation by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Belovèd, thou hast brought me many...
Language: English 
Belovèd, thou [hast brought]1 me many flowers
Plucked in [the]2 garden, all the summer through
And winter, and it seemed as if they grew
In [this]3 close room, nor missed the sun and showers.
So, in the like name of that love of ours,
Take back these thoughts which here unfolded too,
And which on warm and cold days I withdrew
From my heart's ground. Indeed, [those]4 beds and bowers
Be overgrown with bitter weeds and rue,
And wait thy weeding; yet here's eglantine,
Here's ivy! -- take them, as I used to do
Thy flowers, and keep them where they shall not pine.
Instruct thine eyes to keep their colours true,
And tell thy soul, their roots are left in mine.

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1 Carpenter: "did'st bring"
2 Carpenter: "this"
3 Carpenter: "my"
4 Carpenter: "these"

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Du hast gewußt mir, mein Geliebter,...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Du hast gewußt mir, mein Geliebter, immer
zu allen Zeiten Blumen herzulegen;
als brauchten sie nicht Sonne und nicht Regen,
gediehen sie in meinem engen Zimmer.
Nun laß mich dir unter dem gleichen Zeichen
die hier erwachsenen Gedanken reichen,
die ich in meines Herzens Jahreszeiten
aufzog und pflückte. In den Beeten streiten
Unkraut und Raute. Du hast viel zu jäten;
doch hier ist Efeu, hier sind wilde Rosen.
Nimm sie, wie ich die deinen nahm, als bäten
sie dich, in deine Augen sie zu schließen.
Und sage deiner Seele, daß die losen
in meiner Seele ihre Wurzeln ließen.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-02-19
Line count: 14
Word count: 98