Friedrich Rückert: You don't want the wounds to heal
Henry Wotton: She tried to live without him

Nikolaus Lenau: The sky brooding on its grief


In the face of heaven a thought is wavering,
the dark clouds there, so frightening, so heavy--
like the mentally ill in asylums--
throw bushes in the wind back and forth.

From the sky comes a gloomy rumbling,
the dark eyelashes blink many times,--
as eyes blink when they are about to cry--
and out of the eyelashes twitches a weak ray of light.

Now cool showers slink out of the bogs,
and light fog over the heather;
the sky, brooding on its grief,
lets the sun fall carelessly from its hand.

    --Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850), pseudonym of Nikolaus Franz Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau, a Hungarian-Austrian poet.


Am Himmelsantlitz wandelt ein Gedanke,
Die düstre Wolke dort, so bang, so schwer;
Wie auf dem Lager sich der Seelenkranke,
Wirft sich der Strauch im Winde hin und her.

Vom Himmel tönt ein schwermutmattes Grollen,
Die dunkle Wimper blinzet manches Mal, -
So blinzen Augen, wenn sie weinen wollen, -
Und aus der Wimper zuckt ein schwacher Strahl. -

Nun schleichen aus dem Moore kühle Schauer
Und leise Nebel übers Heideland;
Der Himmel ließ, nachsinnend seiner Trauer,
Die Sonne lässig fallen aus der Hand.


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