by Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804 - 1881), as Ernst
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Welch' süßer Duft umweht mich?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Welch' süßer Duft umweht mich?
Du Veilchen, versteckt im Strauch,
Leb' wohl, ich darf nicht weilen,
Nicht werben nach Liebesbrauch.

Du welkst wohl ungebrochen,
Ohn' Dank für lieblichen Duft.
Bis Gott im neuen Frühling
Zur Auferstehung dich ruft. 

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Fleeting greeting", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 38

Fleeting greeting
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
What sweet scent wafts about me?
You violet, concealed in the bush,
Farewell, I must not tarry,
Must not woo as is the custom of lovers.

You will likely wilt unpicked,
Without receiving thanks for your lovely fragrance.
Until God in a new springtime
Calls you to resurrection.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-22
Line count: 8
Word count: 48