Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
[Schwebst]1 du nieder aus den Weiten, 
Nacht mit deinem Silberkranz?
Hebt in deine Ewigkeiten
mich des Dunkels milder Glanz?

Als ob Augen liebend winken:
alle Liebe sei enthüllt!
als ob Arme sehnend sinken:
alle Sehnsucht sei erfüllt -

strahlt ein Stern mir aus den Weiten,
alle Ängste fallen ab,
seligste Versunkenheiten,
strahlt und strahlt und will herab.

Und es treiben mich Gewalten
ihm entgegen, und er sinkt -
und ein Quellen, ein Entfalten
seines Scheines nimmt und bringt

und erlöst mich in die Zeiten,
da noch keine Menschen sahn,
wie durch Nächte Sterne gleiten,
wie den Seelen Rätsel nahn.

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Confirmed with Richard Dehmel, Gesammelte Werke in drei Bänden, Zweiter Band, Berlin: S. Fischer Verlag, 1913, page 20

1 Ansorge: "Tauchst"
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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Ascensió al cel", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Ascension", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Voyage vers le ciel", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Jeroen Scholten , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 99

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Do you [waft down]1 from the expanses,
night, with your silver wreath?
Does the mild radiance of darkness
lift me into your eternities?

As if eyes beckon lovingly:
may all love be unveiled!
as if arms sink yearningly:
may all yearning be fulfilled - 

[thus] a star shines for me from the distances --
all anxieties fall away,
most blissful immersions --
shines and shines and wishes to descend [to me].

And powerful forces drive me
towards [the star], and it sinks -
and a burgeoning, a blossoming 
of its radiance takes and gives

and redeems me into the times
when no people yet saw
how stars glide through nights,
how enigmas approach souls.

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1 Ansorge: "sink"
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This text was added to the website: 2017-10-17
Line count: 20
Word count: 112