Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Was ist mir denn so wehe?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Was ist mir denn so wehe?
  Es liegt ja wie im Traum
Der Grund schon, wo ich stehe,
  Die Wälder säuseln kaum
Noch von der dunklen Höhe.
  Es komme wie es will,
Was ist mir denn so wehe -
  Wie bald wird alles still.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's sämtliche poetische Werke, dritte Auflage, Erster Band, Gedichte, C. F. Amelang's Verlag, Leipzig, 1883.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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What is it that pains me so?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
What is it that pains me so?
 It lies as if already in a dream,
The ground upon which I stand;
 The forests are hardly soughing
Still from the dark heights.
 Come what may,
What is it that pains me so -
 How soon everything becomes quiet.

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Translated titles:
"Auf meines Kindes Tod" = "On the Death of My Child"
"Was ist mir denn so wehe?" = "What is it that pains me so?"
"Wehmuth" = "Melancholy"
"Traum" = "Dream"


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Text added to the website: 2013-08-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-02-08 13:00:05
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