by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Ein Winterabend
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wenn der Schnee ans Fenster fällt,
Lang die Abendglocke läutet,
Vielen ist der Tisch bereitet
Und das Haus ist wohl bestellt.

Mancher auf der Wanderschaft
Kommt ans Tor auf dunklen Pfaden.
Golden blüht der Baum der Gnaden
Aus der Erde kühlem Saft.

Wanderer tritt still herein;
Schmerz versteinerte die Schwelle.
Da erglänzt in reiner Helle
Auf dem Tische Brot und Wein.

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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "A winter evening", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Une soirée d'hiver", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Hubert Schmid

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

A winter evening 
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When the snow falls ’gainst the panes, 
long the evening bell is ringing, 
many find a well-laid table 
and their matters well arranged. 

Many a man who roams about
finds the gate on murky pathways. 
Golden blooms the tree of mercy
from the cool sap of the earth. 

Wanderer, step in, be still; 
Pain has petrified the threshold. 
There are - chaste in radiance gleaming -
on the table bread and wine. 

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This text was added to the website: 2016-06-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 72