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Der Blumenbrief (1818) D622

Der Blumenbrief

Euch Blümlein will ich senden
Zur schönen Jungfrau dort,
Fleht sie, mein Leid zu enden
Mit einem guten Wort.
Du Rose, kannst ihr sagen,
Wie ich in Lieb’ erglüh’,
Wie ich um sie muss klagen
Und weinen spät und früh.
Du Myrte, flüstre leise
Ihr meine Hoffnung zu,
Sag’: „Auf des Lebens Reise
Glänzt ihm kein Stern als du.“
Du Ringelblume, deute
Ihr der Verzweiflung Schmerz;
Sag’ ihr: „Des Grabes Beute
Wird ohne dich sein Herz.“

The Message of Flowers

Flowers, I will send you
to that fair lady;
implore her to end my suffering
with one kind word.
You, rose, can tell her
how I burn with love,
and how I pine for her,
weeping night and day.
You, myrtle, softly whisper
my hopes to her;
tell her: ‘On life’s journey
you are the only star that shines for him.’
You, marigold, reveal to her
the pain of despair;
tell her: ‘Without you
his heart will fall prey to the grave.’

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