By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Translated by Mark Gutglueck
On that mountain over there
A thousand times I have stood,
Leaning on my staff, regarding
The land and smiling good.
I stroll with my grazing flocks,
My dog protecting them near;
But when I get to the valley,
I will wonder how I got here.
Flowers blanket the entire meadow
Their beauty is expansive;
I pick some, but do not know
To whom I will them give.
The rain comes down in a deluge,
And I take shelter beneath a tree,
The clouds have blocked my vision
Of what I know there is to see.
Soon high across the azure sky,
A rainbow has arisen
Having come from the place where
Colors are born to be enlivened.
The rainbow has migrated far
From where she started, even half
A world away and across the sea;
So, my sheep let’s continue on, as I
Forlorn attend you, and sad must be.