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Am Kreuzweg wird begraben

by Heinrich Heine From Lyrisches Intermezzo (1823) 1822-1823

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Am Kreuzweg wird begraben
German source: Heinrich Heine

Am Kreuzweg wird begraben
Wer selber sich brachte um;
Dort wächst eine blaue Blume,
Die Armesünderblum.

Am Kreuzweg stand ich und seufzte;
Die Nacht war kalt und stumm.
Im Mondschein bewegte sich langsam
Die Armesünderblum.

He’s buried at the crossroad
English translation © Hal Draper

He’s buried at the crossroad,
He whom his own hand slew, –
A blue flower springs from earth there,
The flower of sinner’s rue.

I stand at the crossroad sighing;
The still night chills me through.
In the moonlight gently trembles
The flower of sinner’s rue.

Translations by Hal Draper published by Oxford University Press and Suhrkamp/Insel Verlag (1984)

Am Kreuzweg wird begraben
German source: Heinrich Heine

He’s buried at the crossroad
English source: Hal Draper

Am Kreuzweg wird begraben
He’s buried at the crossroad,
Wer selber sich brachte um;
He whom his own hand slew, –
Dort wächst eine blaue Blume,
A blue flower springs from earth there,
Die Armesünderblum.
The flower of sinner’s rue.

Am Kreuzweg stand ich und seufzte;
I stand at the crossroad sighing;
Die Nacht war kalt und stumm.
The still night chills me through.
Im Mondschein bewegte sich langsam
In the moonlight gently trembles
Die Armesünderblum.
The flower of sinner’s rue.

Composer

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Heinrich Heine

Heine was born of Jewish parents. Much of his early life was influenced by the financial power of his uncle Salomon Heine, a millionaire Hamburg banker, with whom he remained on an awkward footing for many years. After he had been educated in the…

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