(shared and authorized for publication by Gert Knop—a Whispers’ contributor since 2013)
German--By Arthur Rehbein
Und schau' ich hinab in das liebliche Thal,
Dann werden die Märchen der Jugend wach.
Grüß Gott, Grüß Gott dich viel tausendmal,
Mein sagenumwobenes Eisenach
English Translation--By Gert Knop
And when I look down to the lovely valley,
Then the fairy tales of youth come to life.
I greet you God,
God bless you more than a thousand times.
My legendary Eisenach
Note from Gert Knop: My granduncle Arthur Rehbein was a journalist from 1893 till 1899 for a newspaper in Arnstadt, Thuringia. He loved Eisenach which was the hiding place of reformer Martin Luther in 1521/22, where he translated the New Testament of the Bible into German in only eleven days. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited the Wartburg several times in 1777. The Wartburg near Eisenach (Thuringia) is a UNESCO – World Heritage Site since 1999.