by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Rosen fliehen nicht allein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Rosen fliehen nicht allein
Und die Lenzgesänge,
Auch dein Wangenrosenschein,
Deine süßen Klänge.

O, daß ich, ein Tor, ein Tor,
Meinen Himmel räumte!
Daß ich einen Blick verlor,
Einen Hauch versäumte!

Rosen wecken Sehnsucht hier,
Dort die Nachtigallen,
Mädchen, und ich möchte dir
In die Arme fallen!

O. Schoeck sets stanzas 1, 3

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Roses do not fade alone", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-09-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 47

Roses do not fade alone
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Roses do not fade alone
And [neither do] the songs of spring,
Nor does the rosy glow of your cheeks
[Nor] the sweet sound [of your voice].

Oh that I, a fool, a fool,
Left my Heaven!
That I lost [the opportunity of seeing even] one [of your] glances,
[That I] missed out on [even] one breath!

My longing is awakened, here by roses,
there [by] nightingales,
Maiden, and I wish
To fall into your arms.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-06-26
Line count: 12
Word count: 76