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Die Blätter fallen, fallen wie von weit

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Blätter fallen, fallen wie von weit, 
als welkten in den Himmeln ferne Gärten; 
sie fallen mit verneinender Gebärde. 
Und in den Nächten fällt die schwere Erde 
aus allen Sternen in die Einsamkeit. 
Wir alle fallen. Diese Hand da fällt. 
Und sieh die andre an: es ist in allen. 
Und doch ist einer, welcher dieses Fallen 
unendlich sanft in seinen Händen hält.


Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA POR

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Submitted by John H. Campbell

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Autumn", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Automne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Autunno", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Fall

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The leaves are falling, falling as from far,
as though celestial gardens withered earthward;
their fall is a denying silent motion,
and in the nights out of the starry ocean
the heavy earth falls far from every star.
We fall, unseeing? Look, this hand descends
and see the other hands: it's in their being.
And yet there's One who holds our fall, foreseeing,
forever gently in His loving hands.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926), "Herbst", appears in Das Buch der Bilder, first published 1920 FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Elizabeth R. Austin, Gary Bachlund, Henk Badings, Conrad Beck, Albert Ernst Anton Becker, Ferenc Farkas, Wim Franken, Robert Fürstenthal, Hans Gál, Franz Krause, Ignace Lilien, Léon Orthel, Siegmund Schmidt, Peter Visser. Go to the text.

 

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