by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Lawrence Snyder

Die Lotosblume ängstigt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA POR SPA
Die Lotosblume ängstigt
Sich vor der Sonne Pracht
Und mit gesenktem Haupte
Erwartet sie träumend die Nacht.

Der Mond, [der]1 ist ihr Buhle
Er weckt sie mit seinem Licht,
Und ihm entschleiert sie freundlich
Ihr [frommes]2 Blumengesicht,

Sie blüht und glüht und leuchtet
Und starret stumm in die Höh';
Sie duftet und weinet und zittert
Vor Liebe und Liebesweh.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 119.

1 Loewe: "das"
2 Franz: "holdes"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "La flor de lotus", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De lotusbloem is angstig", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lawrence Snyder) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , "Lotus blossom", appears in Poems and translations, first published 1867
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La fleur de lotus", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 10, first published 1827
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Il fiore di loto", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "A flor de lótus", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Lawrence Snyder , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-09-08 12:52:15
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Word count: 59

The lotus flower is anxious
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The lotus flower is anxious
In the Sun's radiance,
And with hanging head
Waits, dreaming, for Night.

The moon, who is her lover,
Awakens her with his light,
And for him she smilingly unveils
Her innocent flower-face.

She blooms and glows and gleams
And gazes silently upwards;
She sends forth fragrance, and weeps and trembles,
With love and love's torment.

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Translation of title "Die Lotosblume" = "The lotus flower"

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-10-17 17:34:41
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