by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Laß schlafen mich und träumen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Laß schlafen mich und träumen,
Was hab' ich zu versäumen
In dieser Einsamkeit!
Der Reif bedeckt den Garten,
Mein Dasein ist ein Warten
Auf Liebe nur und Lenzeszeit.

Es kommt im Frühlingsglanze
Für jede kleine Pflanze
Einmal der Blütentag.
So wird der Tag auch kommen,
Da diesem Frost entnommen
Mein Herz in Wonnen blühen mag.

Doch bis mir das gegeben,
Däucht mir nur halb mein Leben,
Und kalt wie Winters Wehn;
Trüb schauert's in den Bäumen -
O laß mich [schlafen, träumen]1,
Bis Liebe mich heißt auferstehn!

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Song of the maiden", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 18
Word count: 87

Song of the maiden
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Let me sleep and dream,
What could pass me by
In this loneliness!
The frost covers the garden,
My existence is waiting
For love alone and for springtime.
In the glow of spring there comes
For every little plant
Once a day of blossoming.
Thus the day shall also come
When, delivered from this frost,
My heart may bloom in joys.
But until that is granted to me,
I feel as if I am only half alive,
And [as if I am] as cold as the winter's winds;
There is a bleak shivering in the trees -
Oh let me [sleep, dream]1,
Until love bids me arise [to new life]!

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This text was added to the website: 2011-06-01
Line count: 18
Word count: 110