No Comment — January 7, 2008, 7:18 am

Heine’s Solitary Spruce

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Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam
Im Norden auf kahler Höh.
Ihn schläfert; mit weißer Decke
Umhüllen ihn Eis und Schnee.

Er träumt von einer Palme,
Die, fern im Morgenland,
Einsam und schweigend trauert
Auf brennender Felsenwand.

A spruce tree stands alone
In the Northland on an bald peak
It reposes, shrouded in white
Surrounded by ice and snow.

It dreams of a palm tree
Which in the far away orient,
Mourns in silence and solitude
On the rim of a burning cliff.

Heinrich Heine, Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam in Buch der Lieder, “Lyrisches Intermezzo,” xxxiii (1822-23), in: Sämtliche Schriften, vol. 1, p. 88 (K. Briegleb ed. 1968)(S.H. transl.)

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