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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  • ENG English (T. P. (Peter) Perrin) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 62, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2016-12-02 21:25:55
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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]

Text added to the website: 2013-09-24 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:20
Line count: 8
Word count: 42