Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Im Garten klagt die Nachtigall
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Azerbaijani (Azərbaycan dili) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Im Garten klagt die Nachtigall
Und [hängt]1 das feine Köpfchen nieder:
Was hilft's, daß ich so schöne Lieder
Und wundersüße Töne habe --
Solange ich [mein]2 grau Gefieder
Und nicht der Rose Schöne [habe]3!
Im Blumenbeet die Rose klagt:
Wie soll das Leben mir gefallen?
Was hilft's, daß vor den Blumen allen
Ich [Anmut, Duft und Schöne]4 habe --
Solang' ich nicht der Nachtigallen
Gesang und süße Töne [habe]3!
Mirza-Schaffy entschied den Streit.
Er sprach: Laßt [eure]5 Klagen beide,
Du Rose [mit dem duft'gen]6 Kleide,
Du Nachtigall mit [deinen Liedern]7:
Vereint zur Lust und Ohrenweide
Der Menschen euch in meinen Liedern!

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1 Gall: "senkt"
2 Gall: "das"; Bronsart: "dies"
3 Gall: "hab'"
4 Gall: "Schöne, Duft und Anmuth"
5 Gall, Bronsart: "euer"
6 Gall: "in duft'gem"
7 Gall: "deinem Lied"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The nightingale laments in the garden", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-09
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Word count: 99

The nightingale laments in the garden
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The nightingale laments in the garden
And its delicate little head droops:
What good is it that I have such beautiful songs
And such wondrously sweet sounds --
As long as I have this my grey plumage
And not the beauty of the rose!

In the flowerbed the rose complains:
How can life please me?
What good is it that more than all other flowers
I have [grace, scent, and beauty]1 --
As long as I do not have the nightingale's
Song and sweet sounds!

Mirza-Schaffy resolved the matter.
He spoke:  Leave off complaining,
You rose with your scented garments,
You nightingale with [your songs]2:
Unite yourselves in my poems
For humankind's joy and listening pleasure.

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1 Gall: "beauty, scent, and grace"
2 Gall: "your song"


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This text was added to the website: 2011-08-28
Line count: 18
Word count: 114