Eichendorff: Forest Girl
I am a bright fire blazing
from the green rocky wreath;
the sea wind is my lover and
summons me to a lusty whirlwind dance.
Constantly moving and changing,
rising wildly, bending gently,
I turn my slim blaze:
do not come near me – I’ll burn you!
Where the wild brooks roar
and the lofty palms stand,
when the hunter listens secretly,
many deer wander alone.
I am a deer, fleeing through the rubble,
across the heights, where in the snow
the last summits glimmer mutely;
do not follow me, do not ever try to hunt me!
I am a little bird in the sky,
soaring across the blue lake;
through the clouds of the ravine
no arrow flies behind me.
And the floodplains, the rocky arch,
as wide as the lonely forest,
so wide! I have sunk into the waves,
ah, I have evaporated!