by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Ernste Stunde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wer jetzt weint irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund weint in der Welt, 
weint über mich. 

Wer jetzt lacht irgendwo in der Nacht, 
ohne Grund lacht in der Nacht, 
lacht mich aus. 

Wer jetzt geht irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund geht in der Welt, 
geht zu mir. 

Wer jetzt stirbt irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund stirbt in der Welt: 
sieht mich an.

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  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Solemn hour", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Heure grave", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

Solemn hour
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Who now cries anywhere in the world,
causelessly cries in the world,
cries over me.

Who now laughs anywhere in the night,
causelessly laughs in the night,
laughs at me.

Who now walks anywhere in the world,
causelessly walks in the world,
walks to me.

Who now passes away anywhere in the world,
causelessly passes away in the world,
looks at me.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-12-05
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Word count: 62