by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Der Reisebecher
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Gestern fand ich, räumend eines langvergessnen Schrankes Fächer,
Den vom Vater mir vererbten, meinen ersten Reisebecher.
Währenddeß ich, leise singend, reinigt ihn vom Staub der Jahre,
War's, als höbe mir ein Bergwind aus der Stirn die grauen Haare,
War's, als dufteten die Matten, drein ich schlummernd lag versunken,
War's, als rauschten alle Quelle, draus ich wandernd einst getrunken.

Confirmed with Gedichte von Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, dritte vermehrte Auflage, Leipzig, Verlag von H. Haessel, 1887, page 77.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The travelling mug", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La chope de voyage", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Caroline Diehl , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 58

The travelling mug
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Yesterday, clearing out the compartments of a long-forgotten cupboard,
I found my first travelling mug, left to me by my father.
While I, quietly singing, cleansed it of the dust of the years,
It was as if a mountain wind were lifting my grey locks from my brow,
It was as if the meadows, in which I once lay sunken in slumber, were filled with scent,
It was as if all of the water springs from which I once drank while wandering were murmuring.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-01
Line count: 6
Word count: 84