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

An baches ranft
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE IRI
An baches ranft
Die einzigen frühen
Die hasel blühen.
Ein vogel pfeift
In kühler au.
Ein leuchten streift
Erwärmt uns sanft
Und zuckt und bleicht.
Das feld ist brach ·
Der baum noch grau...
Blumen streut vielleicht
Der lenz uns nach.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Stefan George, Gesamt-Ausgabe der Werke, Band 6 / 7, Der siebente Ring, Berlin, 1931, page 158.


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "At the edge of the brook", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Au bord du ruisseau", 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: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 41

At the edge of the brook
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 At the edge of the brook,
 solitary and early,
 the hazel blooms.
 A bird is whistling
 in the cool meadow.
 A beam of light strokes
 and warms us gently
 and quivers and fades.
 The field is fallow,
 the tree yet grey...
 perhaps flowers will be strewn
 after us by Spring.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 51