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

Ja heil und dank dir die den segen...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Ja heil und dank dir die den segen brachte!
Du schläfertest das immer laute pochen
Mit der erwartung deiner -- Teure -- sachte
In diesen glanzerfüllten sterbewochen.

Du kamest und wir halten uns umschlungen ·
Ich werde sanfte worte für dich lernen
Und ganz als glichest du der Einen Fernen
Dich loben auf den [sonnen-wanderungen]1.

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Confirmed with Stefan George, Werke. Ausgabe in Zwei Bänden, Erster Band, 4. Auflage, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1984, page 122

1 Webern: "Sonnenwanderungen"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Yea, good health and thanks to you who brought blessings!", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Salute e grazie a te che rechi augurio!", copyright © 2008, (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: 8
Word count: 53

Yea, good health and thanks to you who brought blessings!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Yea, good health and thanks to you who brought [me] blessings!
You lulled to sleep the ever-loud throbbing
With the expectation of you -- precious one -- gently
In these radiance-filled weeks of dying.

You came and, entwined, we hold each other ·
For you I shall learn soft words
And, just as if you resembled the One Distant One,
[I] shall praise you as the sun runs along its course.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-08-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 69