by Friedrich Hermann Frey (1839 - 1911), as Martin Greif
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Sommerfaden in der Luft
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Sommerfaden in der Luft,
Flatternd durch den Nebelduft,
Sag', du leicht' Geweb' im Wind,
Wohin alle Blumen sind?1

Kaum dass [uns]2 ein Glück erblüht, 
[Seine Spur auch schon]3 entflieht,
Sag', wohin es mir entwich, --
Sommerfaden, weise mich!

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1 Rothschild adds here: "Sag wohin?"
2 Rothschild: "wo"
3 Rotschild: "Schon auch seine Spur"


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Gossamer thread", copyright © 2012

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Gossamer thread
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Gossamer thread in the breeze,
Fluttering through the scented mist,
Tell me, you light fiber in the wind,
where have all the flowers gone?

Hardly has happiness bloomed
before all trace of it has vanished;
tell me, where it has escaped to,
gossamer thread, let me know!


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

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-27
Line count: 8
Word count: 47