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

Das Meer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
   Ewig ewig ewig braust das Meer . . .

   Und wir lagen in [festverschlossenem]1 Haus
[lachend]2 geschmiegt Brust an Brust,
dachten nicht mehr an das Meer,
das ewig ewig ewig braust.
Und [lachend geschmiegt]2 schliefen [wir]2 ein.
Da in der Nacht weckt mich das Weib
zitternd mit [aufgerissenem Aug']3:
"Mann, Mann, [siehst du]4das Schiff,
das kämpfende Schiff auf brausendem Meer?"
Wir stoßen den Laden auf --
Das Meer . . .

   Ewig ewig ewig braust das Meer.

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Confirmed with Alfred Mombert, Tag und Nacht. Gedichte, Heidelberg: Verlag von J. Hörning, 1894, page 89

1 Vycpálek: "festverschloss'nem"
2 omitted by Vycpálek
3 Vycpálek: "aufgeriss'nem Auge"
4 Vycpálek: "sieh"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The sea", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The sea
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
   Eternally eternally eternally roars the sea. . .

   And we lay in the tightly-locked-up house
[laughingly]1 nestled breast to breast,
no longer thinking of the sea
that roars eternally eternally eternally.
And [laughingly nestled we]1 fell asleep.
In the night my wife wakes me,
trembling, with wide-open eyes:
"Husband, husband, [do you see]2 the ship,
the struggling ship upon the roaring sea?"
We push open the shutters --
The sea . . . 

   Eternally eternally eternally roars the sea.

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1 omitted by Vycpálek
2 Vycpálek: "see"


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Line count: 13
Word count: 79