by Stefan George (1868 - 1933)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Welt der gestalten lang lebewohl ! . .
Öffne dich wald voll schlohweisser stämme!
Oben im blau nur tragen die kämme
Laubwerk und früchte: gold karneol.

Mitten beginnt beim marmornen male
Langsame quelle blumige spiele ·
Rinnt aus der wölbung sachte als fiele
Korn um korn auf silberne schale.

Schauernde kühle [schliesset]1 einen ring ·
Dämmer der frühe wölkt in den kronen ·
Ahnendes schweigen bannt die hier wohnen . . .
Traumfittich rausche! Traumharfe kling!

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Confirmed with Stefan George, Werke. Ausgabe in Zwei Bänden, Erster Band, 4. Auflage, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1984, page 294

1 Webern: "schließt"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Entrance", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Entrée", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Hubert Schmid , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 76

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
World of forms, [I bid you] a long farewell! . .
Open yourself, forest full of snow-white tree-trunks!
Only above in the blue the ridges bear
Foliage and fruits: of golden carnelian hue.

In the middle by the marble monument
The slow founts begin their flowery play ·
[Water] runs gently from the arch as if
Wheat grain upon wheat grain were falling onto a silver basin.

Shuddering coolness forms a circle ·
Twilight of morning beclouds the tree-tops ·
Portending silence enchants those who live here . . . 
Roar, dream-pinions! Resound, dream-harp!

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1 Webern: "schließt"


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Line count: 12
Word count: 94