by Alfred Mombert (1872 - 1942)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Grau krochen Tage, ohne Glanz,
lange Tage, viele Tage.
Wir waren beide krank und grau,
die wir uns trafen in glanzlosen Tagen.
Da frug sie wohl ängstlich,
das scheue Kind:
"Sage - sage!
Wieweit [sic] ist's bis zur Sonne?"

Und einmal neigte ich über sie,
küßte lächelnd ihre Stirn,
sprach aus Träumen:
"Du bist ja selber die Sonne" ...

Wild umschlang sie mich, stolz und glühend:
"So will ich dir leuchten
wie die Sonne!"

Confirmed with Alfred Mombert, Tag und Nacht, Zweite, veränderte Auflage, Minden i. W.: J.C.C. Bruns, 1902, page 40


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Cena", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The days crept greyly, without radiance,
long days, many days,
We were both sick and grey,
we who met each other in lustreless days.
Then she asked anxiously,
the shy child:
"Tell - tell!
How far is it to the sun?"

And once I bent over her,
smilingly kissed her brow,
spoke out of dreams:
"But you yourself are the sun" . . .

Wildly she embraced me, proud and glowing:
"Then I shall shine for you
like the sun!”


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