by Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Am See, tief zwischen Tann und...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Am See, tief zwischen Tann und Silberpappel,
Beschirmt von Mauer und Gesträuch ein Garten,
So weise angelegt mit monatlichen Blumen,
Daß [er vom März bis zum Oktober blüht]1,
Hier in der Früh, nicht allzu häufig,
Sitz ich und wünsche mir,
Auch ich mög alle Zeit in den verschiednen Wettern,
Guten, schlechten, [guten, schlechten,]3
Dies oder jenes Angenehme [zeigen.]2

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1 Eisler: "sie vom März bis zum Oktober blühn"
2 Eisler: "schreiben".
3 omitted by Eisler.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In the flower garden", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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In the flower garden
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
By the lake, hidden between firs and silvery poplars.
Protected by a wall and bushes, a garden
So wisely planted with various flowers
That it blooms from March to October.
Here, early in the morning, but not too often, I sit
And wish that I too, might at all times,
In all the different weathers - good, bad -
Bring forth something pleasing of one sort or another.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-10-11
Line count: 8
Word count: 68