by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Rufus Hallmark

Wie so bleich ich geworden bin?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wie so bleich ich geworden bin?
Was willst du fragen?
Freue, freue [dich]1 immerhin,
Ich will nicht klagen.

Hast das Haus und die Felder auch,
Und hast den Garten,
Laß mich unterm Hollunderstrauch
Den Platz erwarten.

Tief das Plätzchen und lang und breit
Nur wen'ge Schuhe,
Leg ich dort mich zu guter Zeit
Und halte Ruhe.

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1 Jensen: "mich"


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  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 56

Why have I become so pale?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Why have I become so pale?
                Why do you ask?
Be happy, be happy in any case,
                I shall not lament.
You own the house and the fields, too,
                And you own the garden,
Let me wait for a place
                Under the elder bush.
Deep that little place, and only
                A few feet long and wide,
There I shall lay me in good time
                And hold my peace.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-02-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 68