Translation © by Emily Ezust

Warum so spät erst, Georgine?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
[Warum so spät erst, Georgine?]1
Das Rosenmärchen ist erzählt
Und honigsatt hat sich die Biene
Ihr Bett zum Schlummer [schon gewählt]2.

Sind nicht zu kalt dir diese Nächte?
Wie [lebst du diese]3 Tage hin?
Wenn ich dir jetzt den Frühling brächte,
Du feuergelbe Träumerin.

Wenn ich mit Maithau dich benetzte,
[Begösse dich mit Juni-Licht]4?
Doch ach, dann wärst du nicht die Letzte,
Die [stolze Einzige]5 auch nicht.

Wie, Träumerin, lock' ich vergebens?
So reich' mir schwesterlich die Hand,
Ich hab' den [Frühling]6 dieses Lebens
Wie du den [Maitag]7 nicht gekannt.

Und spät, wie dir, du feuergelbe,
Stahl sich die Liebe [mir in's]8 Herz;
Ob spät, ob früh, es ist dasselbe
Entzücken [und]9 derselbe Schmerz.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Hermann von Gilm, Erster Band, Wien: Verlag von Carl Gerold's Sohn, 1864, pages 247-248.

1 Goldmark: "Du kommst so spät, o Georgine"
2 Goldmark, Strauss: "ausgewählt"
3 Goldmark: "bringst du deine"
4 Goldmark: "Gar mild ist Junis Sommerlicht"
5 Goldmark: "letzte Träumerin"
6 Strauss: "Maitag"
7 Strauss: "Frühling"
8 Goldmark: "in mein"
9 omitted by Goldmark


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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "The Georgina"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "La giorgina", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 114

Why are you so late, dahlia?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Why are you so late, dahlia?
The story of roses has already been told,
and sated with honey, the bee
has already chosen a bed in which to slumber.

Are these nights not too cold for you?
How do you survive in these times?
If I now brought you the Spring,
you fiery yellow dreamer,

if I moistened you with May dew
and watered you with June light...
but then you would not be the last,
and you would not be proud of your uniqueness.

How then, dreamer, do I entice you in vain?
Reach me your sisterly hand,
for in this life I have not known May days,
just as you have not known Spring;

and, late like you, fiery yellow one,
love stole into my heart.
But whether it is late or early, it is nonetheless
both a delight and an agony.

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Translations of titles:
"Die Georgine" = "The dahlia"
"An die Georgine" = "To the dahlia"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 144