by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation Singable translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937)

Am Kreuzweg wird begraben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Am Kreuzweg wird begraben
Wer selber sich brachte um;
[Dort]1 wächst eine blaue Blume,
Die Armesünderblum'.

Am Kreuzweg [stand]2 ich und seufzte;
Die Nacht war kalt und stumm.
Im Mondschein bewegte sich langsam
Die Armesünderblum'.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 166.

1 Griffes: "Da"
2 White: "sass"

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  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Gentil Theodoor Antheunis (1840 - 1907) ; composed by Edgar Pierre Joseph Tinel.
  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Frank Valentin Van der Stucken.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) , "The cross-roads" ; composed by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Pierre-René Hirsch (1870 - 1891) [an adaptation] and by Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz (1864 - 1955) [an adaptation] ; composed by Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Pyotr Isayevich Veinberg (1831 - 1908) , no title, written 1858 ; composed by Borys Mykolayovych Lyatoshynsky.
  • Also set in Slovenian (Slovenščina), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Josip Ipavec.

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Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 35

The cross‑roads
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Beneath the crossroads slumber
The self-destroyed dead.
There grows a pure blue flower
The sinner's flow'r, 'tis said.

I sat and sigh'd at the crossroads;
It was the midnight hour.
And there in the moonlight wav'd slowly,
The sinner's pure blue flow'r.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2013-09-24
Line count: 8
Word count: 42