by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Spätherbstnebel, kalte Träume
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Spätherbstnebel, kalte Träume,
überfloren Berg und Tal,
Sturm entblättert schon die Bäume,
und sie schaun gespenstig kahl.

Nur ein einz'ger, traurig schweigsam
einz'ger Baum steht unentlaubt,
feucht von Wehmutstränen gleichsam,
schüttelt er sein grünes Haupt.

Ach, mein Herz gleicht dieser Wildnis,
und der Baum, den ich dort schau'
sommergrün, das ist dein Bildnis,
vielgeliebte schöne Frau.

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Late autumn fog, cold dreams", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 12
Word count: 56

Late autumn fog, cold dreams
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Late autumn fog and cold dreams
 cover mountain and valley;
 a storm has already robbed the trees of leaves,
 and they look spectral and naked.
 Only one, a mournful, silent,
 solitary tree, stands undenuded,
 moist from nostalgic tears, it seems,
 nodding its green head.
 Ah, my heart is like this wasteland,
 and that tree that I see there,
 summer-green - that is your image,
 well-beloved, beautiful woman!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 68