by Ludwig Jacobowski (1868 - 1900)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Duld' es still, wenn von den Zweigen
[Von den überfüllten Zweigen]1,
Blüten weh'n ins fromme Haar,
Und sich sacht [herüberneigen]2, 
[So im Durst herüberneigen,]3
[Lippen sich]4 auf Lippenpaar.

Sieh, ein [Beben]5 süß und wunderlich
Rinnt durch übersonnte Blätterreihen.
Alle Blüten, die sie niederstreuen,
[Segen streuen]6 sie auf dich und mich.

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Confirmed with Ludwig Jacobowski, Leuchtende Tage. Neue Gedichte 1896-1898, Minden in Westf.: J.C.C. Bruns' Verlag, 1900, page 30.

1 omitted by Marx
2 Marx, Reger: "herniederneigen"
3 omitted by Marx and Reger.
4 Marx, Reger: "Lippenpaar
5 Marx, Reger: "Leben"
6 Marx, Reger: "Frühling breiten"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "May blossoms", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Fleurs de mai", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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May blossoms
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Bear it quietly, when from the branches,
From the over-filled branches,
Blossoms drift onto your demure locks,
And gently [lips lean over]1
Thus thirstily [lips] lean over,
Toward a pair of lips.

See, a [trembling]2, sweet and wondrous, runs
Through rows of leaves bestrewn with sunlight.
[With] all the blossoms that they drop down,
They [scatter blessings]3 upon you and me.

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1 Reger: "A pair of lips leans down"
2 Reger: "life"
3 Reger: "spread springtime"


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Word count: 61