by August Kopisch (1799 - 1853)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Die Spröde
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Calabrian 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Ich sahe eine Tig'rin
Im dunkeln Haine,
Und doch mit meinen Tränen
Konnt' ich sie zähmen.

Sah auch die harten Steine,
Ja Marmelsteine,
Erweicht vom Fall der Tropfen
Gestalt annehmen.

Und du, so eine zarte,
Holdsel'ge Kleine,
Du lachst zu meinem Seufzen
Und bittern Grämen.

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The aloof woman", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "La femme dure", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "De harde", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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La femme dure
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
J'ai vu une tigresse
Dans le bosquet sombre.
Et pourtant avec mes larmes
Je pouvais l'apprivoiser.

J'ai vu aussi que des pierres dures,
Même du marbre,
Amollies par la chute de gouttes
Prennent de nouvelles formes.

Et toi, si délicate
Et si ravissante petite fille,
Tu ris à mes soupirs
Et à ma souffrance amère.

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Text added to the website: 2013-09-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:19
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