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Language: German (Deutsch)

Dunkle Stille der Kindheit. Unter grünenden Eschen
Weidet die Sanftmut bläulichen Blickes; goldene Ruh.
Ein Dunkles entzückt der Duft der Veilchen; schwankende Ähren
Im Abend, Samen und die goldenen Schatten der Schwermut.
Balken behaut der Zimmermann; im dämmernden Grund
Mahlt die Mühle; im Hasellaub wölbt sich ein purpurner Mund,
Männliches rot über schweigende Wasser geneigt.
Leise ist der Herbst, der Geist des Waldes; goldene Wolke
Folgt dem Einsamen, der schwarze Schatten des Enkels.
Neige in steinernem Zimmer; unter alten Zypressen
Sind der Tränen nächtige Bilder zum Quell versammelt;
Goldenes Auge des Anbeginns, dunkle Geduld des Endes.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Année", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Year", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-09-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:36
Line count: 12
Word count: 96

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Dark stillness of childhood. Under greening ash trees 
the meekness grazes bluish-eyed; golden rest. 
A dark shape, beguiled by the scent of violets; swaying ears of corn 
in the evening, seed and the golden shadows of melancholy. 
The carpenter trims the beams; in the dusking valley 
the millstone grinds; a purple mouth bulges in hazel leaves, 
masculine, bent red over silent waters. 
Quiet is autumn, the spirit of the forest; a golden cloud 
follows the lonely one; the black shadow of the grandson. 
Decline in a stony chamber; under old cypress trees 
the tears’ nightly images are gathered in a well; 
golden eye of the beginning, dark patience of the end.

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Text added to the website: 2017-02-10.
Last modified: 2017-02-10 11:31:33
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Word count: 111