Translation © by Emily Ezust

Es grüsset dich aus fernem Land
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Es grüsset dich aus fernem Land
Manch' heimathlicher Stern,
Er traget über's weite Meer
Gedanken aus der Fern'.

Die Flammenschrift, wir lesen sie 
gemeinsam jede Nacht,
und jedes Herz des andern denkt
auf seiner stillen Wacht!

Der Zeichen tief empfund'ner Sinn,
Wir können ihn versteh'n,
Und meine Nähe fühlest du,
Das weiss ich, ungeseh'n!


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Greetings from a distant land", copyright © 2012

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-15
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Word count: 54

Greetings from a distant land
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
They greet you from a distant land,
Many a star from home;
carried across the wide ocean 
come thoughts from afar.

We read this script of flames
together every night
and each heart thinks of the other
at one's silent watch.  

The signal of deeply-felt meaning -
we can understand it;
and you feel I am near -
this I know, without seeing!


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-16
Line count: 12
Word count: 63