by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Der Wiesenbach
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Kühl-und-klarer! Ohne Laut
führst du über Moos und helle
Steine die bewegte Welle,
Busch und Wiese gleich vertraut.

Blätter, Blumen, Früchte schwanken
Dann und wann auf dir dahin,
Wie verlorene Gedanken
Einer großen Träumerin.


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The meadow brook", copyright © 2010
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le ruisseau de la prairie", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-11-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 34

The meadow brook
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Cool and clear one! Without noise
Over moss and bright stones
You guide the shifting waves,
Well acquainted with bush and meadow alike.

Leaves, flowers, and fruit float
Now and then upon you,
Like the wandering thoughts
Of a great dreamer1.

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1 The original poem indicates this is a female dreamer.
Translation revised 02-07-2010 with very helpful suggestions by Bertram Kottmann.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2010 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 41