by Karl Kraus (1874 - 1936)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Nun weiß ich doch, 's ist Frühling...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Nun weiß ich doch, 's ist Frühling wieder.
Ich sah es nicht vor so viel Nacht
und lange hatt' ich's nicht gedacht.
Nun merk' ich erst, schon blüht der Flieder.

Wie fand ich [das]1 Geheimnis wieder?
Man hatte mich darum gebracht.
Was hat die Welt aus uns gemacht!
Ich dreh' mich um, da blüht der Flieder.

Und danke Gott, er schuf mich wieder,
indem er wiederschuf die Pracht.
Sie anzuschauen aufgewacht,
so bleib' ich stehn. Noch blüht der Flieder.

H. Eisler sets stanzas 1-2

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Confirmed with Karl Kraus, Ausgewählte Gedichte, München: Verlag der Schriften von Karl Kraus (Kurt Wolff), 1920, page 20.

1 Eisler: "dies"


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Lilac", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-07-06
Line count: 12
Word count: 79

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Now I know, despite everything, that it is spring again.
I did not see it for so much night
and for a long time I did not think it.
Now I notice for the first time, the lilac is already blooming.

How did I find [the]1 secret again?
I had been robbed of it.
What has the world made of us!
I turn around -- there blooms the lilac.

And I thank God; He created me anew,
as He created again all the splendour.
Awakened to gaze upon it once more,
I remain standing.  The lilac still blooms.

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Eisler's title: "German spring"
1 Eisler: "this"


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This text was added to the website: 2011-04-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 97