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

Erinnerung, begrabene Hoffnung
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Erinnerung, begrabene Hoffnung
Bewahrt dies braune Gebälk
Darüber Georginen hangen,
Immer stillere Heimkehr,
Der verfallne Garten [dunklen]1 Abglanz
[Kindlicher]2 Jahre,
Daß von blauen Lidern [Tränen]3 stürzen
[Unaufhaltsam;
Hinüberschimmern der Schwermut
Kristallne Minuten
Zur Nacht.]4

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Third version.
1 Trakl's first version: "den dunklen"
2 first version: "Vergangener"; second version: "Vergangner"
3 first version: "die Tränen"
4 first version: "Dem Fremdling unaufhaltsam." ; second version:
Unaufhaltsam.
O Geliebtes!
Schon tropft vom rostigen Ahorn
Laub, hinüberschimmern der Schwermut
Kristallne Minuten
Zur Nacht.


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  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Retour automnal", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Line count: 11
Word count: 34

Remembrance, buried hope
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Remembrance, buried hope
is preserved by these brown beams
over which Dahlias trail.
Ever calmer homecoming,
the abandoned garden, dark reflection  
of childhood years,
that tears fall from blue lids
[unstoppably;
melancholy’s crystal minutes
blink over
to the night.]1

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"Herbstliche Heimkehr (1. Fassung)" = "Autumnal homecoming (first version)"
"Herbstliche Heimkehr" = "Autumnal homecoming"

1 Second version:
Unstoppably.
O beloved!
Already leaves are dropping from the rusty maple,
melancholy’s crystal minutes
blink over
to the night.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-06-26
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Word count: 39