Auf ein altes Bild

In gruener Landschaft Sommerflor,
Bei kuehlem Wasser, Schilf, und Rohr,
Schau, wie das Knaeblein Suendelos
Frei spielet auf der Jungfrau Schoss!
Und dort im Walde wonnesam,
Ach, gruenet schon des Kreuzes Stamm!

Eduard Moerike 1837

To an Old Picture

In a flowery green summer landscape,
Near cool water, rushes and reeds,
Behold, how the sinless Child
Plays freely on the Virgin's knee!
And there in the woods serene,
Ah, the cross's tree already greens!

Translation: Charles L. Cingolani        Copyright © 2008
. . . What Moerike sees and cherishes in this picture is part of his deep religious temperament . . .
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