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

Meine eingelegten Ruder triefen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Meine eingelegten Ruder triefen,
Tropfen fallen langsam in die Tiefen. 

Nichts, daß mich verdroß! Nichts, daß mich freute!
Niederrinnt ein schmerzenloses Heute!

Unter mir - ach, aus dem Licht verschwunden -
Träumen schon die schönern meiner Stunden.

Aus der blauen Tiefe ruft das Gestern:
Sind im Licht noch manche meiner Schwestern?

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Soaking oars", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Rames posées", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 51

Soaking oars
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My soaking oars drip;
drops fall slowly into the depths.

There was nothing to irritate me!
There was nothing to delight me!
A painless Today is running down.

Below me - alas! vanished from the light -
the fairest of my hours already dream.

From the blue depths, Yesterday calls:
"Are my many sisters still in the light?"


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 9
Word count: 58