Translation © by Emily Ezust

Du bist der Stamm, ich bin die Ranke
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Du bist der Stamm, ich bin die Ranke,
Du stehest fest, auch ohne mich;
Ich aber, Liebster, beb' und wanke
Und sinke kraftlos -- ohne Dich.

Und [darf]1 ich schmücken auch dein Leben
Und dich umklammern inniglich,
Du mußt mich stützen, [tragen,]2 heben,
Du bist der Stamm -- die Ranke ich.

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Confirmed with Blätter für literarische Unterhaltung, Leipzig, F. A. Brockhaus: 1870, p. 354.

1 Rothschild: "mag"
2 omitted in the version of this poem found in Blätter für literarische Unterhaltung, but included in another anthology.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Stem and vine", copyright © 2012

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Stem and vine
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You are the trunk, I am the vine;
You stand firmly even without me
but I, my dear, tremble and falter
and sink powerless without you.

And if I could just adorn your life
and clasp you dearly,
you would have to support me, carry me, lift me;
You are the trunk and I am the vine.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 57