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When it was day

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

When it was day 
they came into my house and said, 
'We shall only take 
the smallest room here.'

They said, 'We shall help you 
in the worship of your God 
and humbly accept only 
our own share in his grace'; 
and then they took their seat in a corner 
and they sat quiet and meek.

But in the darkness of night 
I find they break into my sacred shrine, 
strong and turbulent, 
and snatch with unholy greed 
the offerings from God's altar.

Translation(s): GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:06
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Am hellen Tage

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Am hellen Tage
kamen sie herein und sprachen:
„Wir wollen nur das kleinste Zimmer 
hier in deinem Hause.“

Dann sagten sie: „Wir helfen, 
Deinen Gott und Herren zu verehren
und finden uns in Demut 
nur mit jenem Anteil seiner Gnade ab, der uns gebührt.“
Dann ließen sie sich in der Ecke nieder 
und saßen still, bescheiden dort.

Doch in der Dunkelheit der Nacht 
wird mir gewahr, dass sie erbrechen 
meinen heil'gen Schrein mit ungestümer Kraft,
und ruchlos, gierig Opfergaben 
vom Altare Gottes raffen.

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Text added to the website: 2014-05-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:33
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