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  Summer Picture

For Bernita.

Friedrich Hebbel (1813-1863)

I saw the summer's last rose standing,
Like she could bleed, so red.
While passing by I said with a shiver,
Thus far in life is too close to death.

No breeze was whisp'ring in hot summer's day
But gently swept a white butterfly.
Albeit its wings' beat barely moved the air,
She felt it and faded and died.

Ich sah des Sommers letzte Rose stehn;
Sie war als ob sie bluten könne, rot.
Da sprach ich schaudernd im Vorübergehn,
So weit im Leben ist zu nah am Tod.

Es regte sich kein Hauch am heißen Sommertag,
Nur leise strich ein weißer Schmetterling,
Doch, ob auch kaum die Luft sein Flügelschlag
Bewegte, sie empfand es und verging.

Translation by me.
Rose in German is female, and she sounded better that it to me.
das Sommertag...
Thank you, heart-friend.
You did it justice.
Nice photos in the post below - very modern looking and so neat! :-)

And the 'she' does definitely sound better than 'it'.
thank you very much. Maybe I can do Hebbel justice but not Stefan George. :)

Crystal and Ali,
thank you for the nice words.
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The Lost Fort is a blog based on my travels in Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and other places (like Flanders and the Baltic States), with essays on Roman and Mediaeval history illustrated with lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes. You may also find the odd essay about geology or Mediaeval literature.

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I'm a blogger from Germany with a MA in Literature and History which doesn't pay my bills, so I use it to research blogposts instead. I'm interested in everything Roman and Mediaeval, avid reader and sometimes writer, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, photographer, and tea aficionado. And an old-fashioned blogger who hasn't yet gotten an Instagram account. :-)