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

Mir träumte von einem Myrtenbaum
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Mir träumte von einem Myrtenbaum,
So blühenden hab' ich nie geseh'n.
Die Nacht die ist vergangen,
Der Traum will nicht vergehn.

Was soll mir nun mein Sträußlein bunt,
Was soll mir nun der Veilchenkranz?
Ich wollt', es wären Myrten,
Da führt' er mich zum Tanz.

Zur Kirchen und hernach zum Tanz,
Der Himmel wär' mir aufgethan!
[O]1 Liebster, holder Liebster,
Wie lange steht's noch an?

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Confirmed with Gesammelte Werke von Paul Heyse. Erster Band. Gedichte, Berlin, Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz, 1872, page 11.

1 Fielitz: "Ach"


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Word count: 65

I dreamed of a myrtle tree
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I dreamed of a myrtle tree
that was blooming as I have never seen before.
The night has passed
but my dream will not dissipate.

What is this colorful little bouquet to me now?
What is this wreath of violets to me now?
I wish it were of myrtle 
and that he were leading me to the dance.

To the church and then to the dance,
and then Heaven would be open to me!
Oh darling, dear darling,
how long must I still wait?

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Translations of title(s):
"Das Traum" = "The dream"
"Mädchenlied" = "Girl's song"
"Mädchentraum" = "Girl's dream"
"Mir träumte von einem Myrtenbaum " = "I dreamed of a myrtle tree"
"Mir träumte von einem Myrthenbaum" = "I dreamed of a myrtle tree"

Note: myrtle was used for bridal wreathes.


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Word count: 84