by Friedrich Adler (1857 - 1938)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Ecloge
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Czech (Čeština) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Duftreich ist die Erde und die Luft krystallen,
Und das Moos erzittert unter deinem Fuß,
Aus dem Schilfrohr hör ich's wie von Pfeifen schallen,
Und vom Hagedorn fällt heller Blütengruß.

Und das Aug' von Freude naß,
Fragst du: ja, was soll all das?
«Was?» ruft der Vogel und die Blume spricht:
«Anders kommen doch des Lenzes holde Wunder nicht!»

Hell dein Blick, dein Atem süß vom Duft der Erlen,
Und es bebt dein Busen, wie ich dich umfang';
Wie aus hartem Felsen springen Quellenperlen,
Bricht aus meinem Herzen glühender Lieder Drang.

Und das Aug' von Freude naß,
Fragst du: ja, was soll all das?
«Was?» ruft der Vogel, und die Blume spricht:
«Anders kommen doch der Liebe holde Wunder nicht!»

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Eclogue", copyright © 2011


Researcher for this text: Alberto Pedrotti

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-08
Line count: 16
Word count: 120

Eclogue
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Rich with scents is the earth, the air is crystalline,
And the moss trembles beneath your foot;
The reeds sound to me like whistles piping,
And bright blossoms fall in greeting from the hawthorn.

And, eyes damp with happiness,
You ask: "Yes, what is all this?"
"What indeed?" calls the bird, and the flower says:
"Spring's sweet wonders arrive in no other way!"

Bright is your gaze, your breath sweet with the scent of alder,
and your bosom quivers as I embrace you;
Just as pearls of water spring from a hard rock,
So from my heart bursts a rush of impassioned songs.

And, eyes damp with happiness,
You ask: "Yes, what is all this?"
"What indeed?" calls the bird, and the flower says:
"Spring's sweet wonders arrive in no other way!"

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2011-11-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 132