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Selected German verse by J.W. Goethe

In a dual-language format

Part 1 - Prose Translation

A Goethe poem in the original German with a
line-by-line prose translation in English.

Also see: Rhyming Verse Translation

Gefunden Found
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Translation: Hyde Flippo

Ich ging im Walde I was walking in the woods
So für mich hin, Just on a whim of mine,
Und nichts zu suchen, And seeking nothing,
Das war mein Sinn. That was my intention.
Im Schatten sah ich In the shade I saw
Ein Blümchen stehn, A little flower standing
Wie Sterne leuchtend Like stars glittering
Wie Äuglein schön. Like beautiful little eyes.
Ich wollt es brechen, I wanted to pick it
Da sagt' es fein: When it said delicately:
Soll ich zum Welken, Should I just to wilt
Gebrochen sein? Be picked?
Ich grubs mit allen I dug it out with all
Den Würzeln aus, Its little roots.
Zum Garten trug ichs To the garden I carried it
Am hübschen Haus. By the lovely house.
Und pflanzt es wieder And replanted it
Am stillen Ort; In this quiet spot;
Nun zweigt es immer Now it keeps branching out
Und blüht so fort. And blossoms ever forth.

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