Ernst Toller

(1 December 1893 – 22 May 1939 / Samotschin / Poland)

Spring Poem by Ernst Toller


In spring I go to war
To sing or to die.
What do I care for my own troubles?
Today I shatter them, laughing in pieces.

Oh, Brothers, know that young spring came
In a whirlwind.
Quickly throw off tired grief
And follow her in a host.

I have never felt so strongly
How much I love you, Oh, Germany,
As the magic of spring surrounds you
Amidst the bustle of war.

Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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