The Poetry of Ellin Anderson


By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

English version by Ellin Anderson


I went to the woods
And walked around,
With nothing there
To be sought or found,

Or that was my sense
But within the glade,
A flowerlet stood
In the emerald shade.

She was as lovely
As flashing eyes,
Or glitter of stars
In the evening skies,

And never was flower
More fairly spoken:
"Only to wither
Shall I be broken?"

And so, I carried her,
Roots and all,
To a garden bed
Near the cottage wall,

In the cooling shade
That she loved before,
And now, she will bloom for me

2009 by Ellin Anderson. All rights reserved.
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Winter's Hill
Maple-Key Song
November in Camelot

Wassail Song
The Rooster at Midsummer
Liberty Enlightens the People

The Leap
The Goldfinch
Three Bears
Song of the Lily
White Tree at Twilight
The Christmas Tree

Grand Bois du Nord
The Owl
Moth Summer
The Little God of Joy
Photographing the Moon
A Rabbit
Rose, Do You Know
The Two Pining Bachelors

The Harvest Chorus
The Maple Mask
Ghost Cardinal

The Little Heath-Rose
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Song for the Harp

The Spinner
The Prayer of Cephalus
Circe and Ulysses
The Black Arts
Tristan and Isolde & Jupiter's Two Casks

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