by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Im Lenz, im Lenz
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE
Im Lenz, im Lenz,
Wenn Veilchen blühn zuhauf,
Gib acht, gib acht,
Da wachen die Tränen auf.
Im Herbst, im Herbst
Fiel alles Laub vom Baum.
Ach, Lieb' und Glück
Vergangen wie [ein]1 Traum!
Gib acht, gib acht,
So ist der Dinge Lauf:
Blumen und Wunden
Brechen im Frühling auf.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "In spring", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In spring", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 50

In spring
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
In spring, in spring,
when violets bloom all over,
beware, beware,
for tears then awaken.

In autumn, in autumn,
the leaves all fell from the tree.
Ah, love and happiness 
disappeared as if [in] a dream!

Beware, beware,
that is the way of things:
flowers and wounds 
break open in spring.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 51