by Stefan George (1868 - 1933)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Kahl reckt der baum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE IRI
Kahl reckt der baum
Im winterdunst
Sein frierend leben ·
Lass deinen traum
Auf stiller reise
Vor ihm sich heben!
Er dehnt die arme –
Bedenk ihn oft
Mit dieser gunst
Dass er im harme
Dass er im eise
Noch frühling hofft!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Stefan George, Gesamt-Ausgabe der Werke, Band 6 / 7, Der siebente Ring, Berlin, 1931, page 160.


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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The bare tree stretches", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'arbre nu dresse", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Hubert Schmid

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 42

The bare tree stretches
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The bare tree stretches 
in the winter mist
with frozen life.
Let your dream,
on its quiet journey, 
rise before it!
It reaches out its arms -
dwell on this often
with admiration,
that in the midst of its affliction,
and surrounded by ice,
it yet hopes for Spring!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 49