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

Im Frühling
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Leise sank von dunklen Schritten der Schnee,
Im Schatten des Baums
Heben die rosigen Lider Liebende.

Immer folgt den dunklen Rufen der Schiffer
Stern und Nacht;
Und die Ruder schlagen leise im Takt.

Balde an verfallener Mauer blühen
Die Veilchen
Ergrünt so stille die Schläfe des Einsamen.

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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "In Spring ", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au printemps", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A primavera", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2007-07-29
Line count: 9
Word count: 47

In Spring 
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Softly the snow was sinking from dark steps,
in the tree’s shadow
lovers raise their rosy eyelids. 

Ever star and night
follow the boatmen’s dark calls;
and the oars beat quietly keeping time. 

Soon by the dilapidated wall
violets blossom,
so silently the lonely one’s temple turns green.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-06-20
Line count: 9
Word count: 48