by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Das gelbe Laub erzittert
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Das gelbe Laub erzittert, 
Es fallen die Blätter herab; 
Ach, alles, was hold und lieblich, 
Verwelkt und sinkt ins Grab. 

Die [Wipfel]1 des Waldes umflimmert 
Ein schmerzlicher Sonnenschein; 
Das mögen die letzten Küsse 
Des scheidenden Sommers sein. 

Mir ist, als müsst ich weinen 
Aus tiefstem Herzensgrund; 
[Dies Bild erinnert]2 mich wieder
An unsre Abschiedsstund'. 

Ich musste [von dir scheiden]3, 
Und wusste, du stürbest bald; 
Ich war der scheidende Sommer, 
Du warst der [kranke]4 Wald.

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1 Franz (?): "Gipfel"
2 Reinecke: "Es mahnet dies Bild"
3 Grieg, Reinecke: "dich verlassen" (abandon you)
4 Grieg, Reinecke: "sterbende" (dying)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "The yellow foliage trembles", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "Parting"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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The yellow foliage trembles
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 The yellow foliage trembles,
 the leaves fall down;
 oh, everything, that is lovely and sweet,
 wilts and sinks into the grave.
 
 The tops of the forest conceal
 a painful sunshine;
 the last kisses are like
 the departing summer.
 
 I weep, as I must,
 from deepest heart's reason;
 this scene again reminds me
 of our parting-hours.
 
 I had to part from you
 knowing, you would die soon!
 I was the departing summer,
 you were the ailing forest.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Word count: 77