by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Mieux qu'une tour profane
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG GER GER
Mieux qu'une tour profane,
je me chauffe pour mûrir mon carillon.
Qu'il soit doux, qu'il soit bon
aux Valaisannes.

Chaque dimanche, ton par ton,
je leur jette ma manne;
qu'il soit bon, mon carillon,
aux Valaisannes.

Qu'il soit doux, qu'il soit bon;
samedi soir dans les channes
tombe en gouttes mon carillon
aux Valaisans des Valaisannes.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El campanar canta", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Thomas A. Gregg) , "The bell tower sings", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Kirchturm singt", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Der Kirchturm singt", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 56

Der Kirchturm singt
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Besser als ein Turm mit Zinnen
bereite ich mein Glockenspiel.
Es töne schön, klinge grazil
allen Waliserinnen.

Sonn- um Sonntag, Ton für Ton
mit meinem feinen Carillon,
gilt es, der Waliserinnen
Ohren zu gewinnen.

Es töne schön, klinge grazil;
Samstagabends tropft mein Spiel
dem Manne der Waliserin
in den Krug aus Zinn.

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  • Translation from French (Français) to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2015 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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This text was added to the website: 2015-06-28
Line count: 12
Word count: 52