by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer (1825 - 1898)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Das Ende des Festes
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE IRI
Da mit Sokrates die Freunde tranken
Und die Häupter auf die [Polster]1 sanken,
Kam ein Jüngling, kann ich mich entsinnen,
Mit zwei schlanken Flötenbläserinnen.
Aus den Kelchen schütten wir die Neigen.
Die gesprächesmüden Lippen schweigen.
Um die welken Kränze zieht ein Singen...
Still, des Todes Schlummerflöten klingen.

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1 Schibler: "Kissen"


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The end of the feast", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "La fin de la fête", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , title 1: "Deireadh an tSéire", 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: 8
Word count: 47

The end of the feast
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 When with Socrates the friends did drink
 and their heads began to sink onto the upholstery,
 a young man came - I can remember -
 with two slender flute-playing women.

 From our goblets we shake the dregs.
 Lips, tired from speaking, fall silent.
 About the wilted wreaths comes singing:
 silently, Death's slumber-flutes sound.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 54