by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die Entschlafenen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Einen vergänglichen Tag lebt' ich und wuchs mit den Meinen,
  Eins um's andere schon schläft mir und fliehet dahin.
Doch ihr Schlafenden wacht am Herzen mir, in verwandter
  Seele ruhet von euch mir das entfliehende Bild.
Und lebendiger lebt ihr dort, wo des göttlichen Geistes
  Freude die Alternden all, alle die Toten verjüngt.

Confirmed with Friedrich Hölderlin, Sämtliche Gedichte und Hyperion, Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 1999, page 279.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The deceased", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The deceased
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I lived an ephemeral day and grew up with mine own,
  One after another already sleeps and flees thither.
But you sleeping ones are kept watchful near my heart, in my kindred
  Soul your fleeing image rests for me.
And you remain even more alive there, where the divine spirit’s 
  Joy makes all the aged, all the dead, young again.


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