by Ferdinand Avenarius (1856 - 1923)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Verloren im Raume
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Verloren im Raume
Ein erster Vogelruf.

Doch schwer hinschnaubend
Durchs dampfende Marschland
Mit dem Eisen durchwühlts
Der gewaltige Stier.
Und festen Tritts hinter ihm
Schreitet der Mensch,
Die Körner schleudernd,
Wo auseinander
Mit schwarzroten Wellen
Schäumt der Grund.

Der Himmel darüber,
Breit, lagernd
In schlafender Kraft.

A. Webern sets stanzas 1-2

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Ferdinand Avenarius, Stimmen und Bilder. Neue Gedichte, Florenz und Leipzig: bei Eugen Diederichs, 1898, page 6.


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This text was added to the website: 2009-09-07
Line count: 16
Word count: 47

Lost in the expanses
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lost in the expanses --
A first cry of a bird.

But snorting heavily
Through the steaming marshland
The massive steer churns up 
[The marshland] with the steel [of the plow].
And with a firm tread behind him
Strides man,
Hurling the seeds,
There where the soil
Foams apart
With black-red waves.

Pregnant with rain
The sky above,
Broad, encamped
In sleeping power.

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Translations of title(s):
"Vorfrühling II" = "Before Spring II"
"Vorfrühling" = "Before Spring"


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This text was added to the website: 2018-10-22
Line count: 16
Word count: 62