Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Dies ist ein Herbsttag, wie ich keinen sah!
Die Luft ist still, als atmete man kaum,
Und dennoch fallen raschelnd, fern und nah,
Die schönsten Früchte ab von jedem Baum. 

O stört sie nicht, die Feier der Natur!
Dies ist die Lese, die sie selber hält;
Denn heute löst sich von den Zweigen nur,
Was vor dem milden Strahl der Sonne fällt.


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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Autumn image", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Image d'automne", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 62

Autumn image
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
This is an autumn day like none I have seen before!
The air is motionless, as if one were hardly breathing,
and nevertheless, far and near, with a rustle,
the fairest fruits are falling from every tree.

O do not interfere with this ceremony of Nature!
This is the harvest that she gathers herself;
for today the only things that are coming off the branches
are those that are loosened by the gentle touch of sunbeams.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 76