by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)

Ein Wetterstrahl, beleuchtend plötzlich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Ein Wetterstrahl, beleuchtend plötzlich
Des Abgrunds Nacht, war mir dein Brief;
Er zeigte blendend hell, wie tief
Mein Unglück ist, wie tief entsetzlich.

Selbst dich ergreift ein Mitgefühl!
Dich, die in meines Lebens Wildnis
So schweigsam standest, wie ein Bildnis,
Das marmorschön und marmorkühl.

O Gott, wie muß ich elend sein!
Denn sie sogar beginnt zu sprechen,
Aus ihrem Auge Tränen brechen,
Der Stein sogar erbarmt sich mein!

Erschüttert hat mich, was ich sah!
Auch du erbarm dich mein und spende
Die Ruhe mir, o Gott, und ende
Die schreckliche Tragödia.

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Ein Wetterstrahl, beleuchtend plötzlich
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My fathomless despair to show
    By certain signs, your letter came:
    A lightning-flash, whose sudden flame
Lit up the abyss that yawned below.

What! You by sympathy controlled!
    You, who in all my life's confusion
    Stood by me, in your self-seclusion
As fair as marble, and as cold.

O God ! how wretched must I be!
    When even she begins to speak;
    When tears run down that icy cheek,
The very stones can pity me.

There's something shocks me in her woe;
    But, if that rigid heart is rent,
    May not the Omnipotent relent,
And let this poor existence go?

Note: the poet is given only as "Lord Houghton" in Kroeker's anthology.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-01-18
Line count: 16
Word count: 100