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Wie wenn im frost'gen Luftzug tödlich

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie wenn [im frost'gen Luftzug]1 tödlich
Des Sommers letzte Blüte krankt,
Und hier und da nur, gelb und rötlich,
Ein einzles Blatt im Windhauch schwankt:

So schauert über mein Leben
Ein nächtig trüber, kalter Tag,
Warum noch vor dem Tode beben,
O Herz, mit deinem ew'gen Schlag!

Sieh rings entblättert das Gestäude!
Was spielst du, wie der Wind am Strauch,
Noch mit der letzten, welken Freude?
Gib dich zur Ruh! Bald stirbt sie auch.



Translation(s): ENG FRE DUT

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1 Brahms: "vom frost'gen Windhauch"; Schäffer: "im frost'gen Windhauch" (further changes may exist not shown)

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Sensation of Autumn", copyright ©
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Sentiment d'automne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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