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Ein Fichtenbaum

Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam
Im hohen Norden auf kahler Höh’.
Ihn schläfert, mit weisser Decke
Umhüllen ihn Eis und Schnee.

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

– HH

A pine-tree standeth lonely
In the North on an upland bare;
It standeth whitely shrouded
With snow, and sleepeth there.

It dreameth of a palm tree
Which far in the east alone,
In mournful silence standeth
On its ridge of burning stone.

– HH

for more on meaning in translation…

http://www.textetc.com/workshop/wt-heine-1.html

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