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Gefunden (1903) Op.56 no.1

Gefunden

Ich ging im Walde
So für mich hin,
Und nichts zu suchen,
Das war mein Sinn.
Im Schatten sah ich
Ein Blümchen stehn,
Wie Sterne leuchtend,
Wie Äuglein schön.
Ich wollt es brechen,
Da sagt’ es fein:
Soll ich zum Welken
Gebrochen sein?
Ich grubs mit allen
Den Würzlein aus,
Zum Garten trug ichs
Am hübschen Haus.
Und pflanzt es wieder
Am stillen Ort;
Nun zweigt es immer
Und blüht so fort.

Found

I was walking
In the wood alone,
And intended
To look for nothing.
In the shade I saw
A little flower growing
Gleaming like stars,
Lovely as eyes.
I was going to pick it,
When gently it said:
Must I be picked
To wilt and die?
I dug it out
With all its roots.
Took it to the garden
Of my pretty home.
And planted it again
In a quiet corner;
Where still it grows
And continues to bloom.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Found

I was walking
In the wood alone,
And intended
To look for nothing.
In the shade I saw
A little flower growing
Gleaming like stars,
Lovely as eyes.
I was going to pick it,
When gently it said:
Must I be picked
To wilt and die?
I dug it out
With all its roots.
Took it to the garden
Of my pretty home.
And planted it again
In a quiet corner;
Where still it grows
And continues to bloom.
Translations by Richard Wigmore first published by Gollancz and reprinted in the Hyperion Schubert Song Edition

Poet

Johann Wolfgang Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, more than 10,000 letters, and nearly 3,000 drawings by him exist. A literary celebrity by the age of 25, Goethe was ennobled by the Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Karl August in 1782 after first taking up residence there in November 1775 following the success of his first novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther. He was an early participant in the Sturm und Drang literary movement. During his first ten years in Weimar, Goethe served as a member of the Duke's privy council, sat on the war and highway commissions, oversaw the reopening of silver mines in nearby Ilmenau, and implemented a series of administrative reforms at the University of Jena. He also contributed to the planning of Weimar's botanical park and the rebuilding of its Ducal Palace, which in 1998 were together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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