by Theodor Fontane (1819 - 1898)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Immer enger, leise, leise
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Immer enger, leise, leise
Ziehen sich die Lebenskreise,
Schwindet hin, was prahlt und prunkt,
Schwindet Hoffen, Hassen, Lieben,
Uns ist nichts in Sicht geblieben
Als der letzte dunkle Punkt.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Ending", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 6
Word count: 29

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ever tighter, quietly, quietly
The circles of life draw together;
That which swaggers and flaunts itself passes away,
Hope, hate, love pass away,
Nothing has remained in our sight
Except the last dark point.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-03-29
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Word count: 34