New Spring (1)
Sitting underneath white branches
Far you hear winds are wailing;
Overhead you see the cloudbanks
Wrap themselves in misty veiling,
See how on bare field and forest
Cold and barren death is seizing;
Winter's round you, winter's in you,
And your very heart is freezing.
Suddenly white flakes come falling
Down on you; and vexed and soured
You suppose some tree has shaken
Over you a snowy shower.
But it is no snow that's fallen,
Soon you see with joyful start
Look, it's fragrant almond blossoms
Come to ease and tease your heart.
What a thrilling piece of magic!
Winter's turned to May for you,
Snow's transmuted into blossoms,
And your heart's in love anew.
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.
Heine's poem was translated into Greek by by Angelos Vlahou, set to music by Manolis Zaharakis and sung by Eleni Dimou: