A Poem in German about Spring with a Recording and Translation


Here’s a pretty little German poem about Spring called “Er Ists” by Eduard Moerike (1829). It’s well-known in Germany and is often quoted when the spring approaches.

You can listen to a recording of the poem below and read along with the text and English translation.

Recording of Er Ists

Er Ists
By Eduard Moerike

Fruehling laesst sein blaues Band
Wieder flattern durch die Luefte;
Suesse, wohlbekannte Duefte
Streifen ahnungsvoll das Land.
Veilchen traeumen schon,
Wollen balde kommen.
—Horch, von fern ein leiser Harfenton!
Fruehling, ja du bists!
Dich habe ich vernommen!

English Translation:

It’s Him

Spring lets his blue ribbons
Flutter through the air once more;
Sweet, familiar scents
Drift over the land with promise.
The violets are dreaming by now,
They want to come out soon.
-Hark, the sound of a soft harp from afar!
Yes, it’s you Spring!
It’s you I heard!


Image:  A watercolor painting of Violets by Alice Carmen Gouvy (circa 1900).

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