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Wenn die Uhren so nah

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn die Uhren so nah
wie im eigenen Herzen schlagen,
und die Dinge mit zagen
Stimmen sich fragen:
Bist du da? - :

Dann bin ich nicht der, der am Morgen erwacht,
einen Namen schenkt mir die Nacht,
den keiner, den ich am Tage sprach,
ohne tiefes Fürchten erführe -

Jede Türe
in mir gibt nach...

Und da weiß ich, das nichts vergeht,
keine Geste und kein Gebet
(dazu sind die Dinge zu schwer) -
meine ganze Kindheit steht
immer um mich her.
Niemals bin ich allein.
Viele, die vor mir lebten
und fort von mir strebten,
an meinem Sein.

Und setz ich mich zu dir her
und sage dir leise: Ich litt -
hörst du?

      Wer weiß wer
      murmelt es mit.

Translation(s): ENG

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title unknown, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-09-16.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:55
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Word count: 124

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When the clocks strike as close

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When the clocks strike as close
as if they were within your own heart,
and with hesitant voices
things ask each other:
Are you there? - :

Then I am not he who awoke in the morning,
the night had given me the gift of a name,
[a name] that no one with whom I spoke during the day
would learn without a profound fear --

Every door
within me yields . . .

And then I know, that nothing passes away,
no gesture and no prayer
(these things are too weighty for that) -
my entire childhood stands
about me always.
Never am I alone.
Many who lived before me
and strove to leave me,
at my being.

And I sit down beside you
and quietly say to you:  I suffered -
do you hear?

     Who knows who
     murmurs along with me.

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Translated titles:
Wenn die Uhren so nah wie eigenen Herzen schlagen" = "When the clocks strike as closely as if they were within your own heart"
"Wenn die Uhren so nah" = When the clocks as closely


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Text added to the website: 2013-11-18.
Last modified: 2016-07-05 17:12:43
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