Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich sah des Sommers letzte Rose [stehn]1,
Sie war, als ob sie bluten könne, rot;
Da sprach ich [schauernd]2 im Vorübergehn:
So weit im Leben, ist zu nah am Tod!

Es regte sich kein Hauch am heißen Tag,
Nur leise strich ein weisser Schmetterling;
Doch, ob auch kaum die Luft sein Flügelschlag
Bewegte, sie empfand es und verging.

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1 Hindemith: "blühn"
2 Hindemith: "schaudernd"


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

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Summer image
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I saw the Summer's last rose [standing]1;
it was red, as if it could bleed;
then, [shivering]2, I spoke in passing:
"To be so far in life is to be too near to death!"

Not one breeze stirred on that hot day;
only a white butterfly withdrew gently;
yet even though the beating of its wings hardly 
affected the air, the rose felt it and expired.

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1 for the Hindemith version, "blooming"
2 for the Hindemith version, "shuddering"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 66