by Stefan George (1868 - 1933)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Der Wein des Einsamen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG ITA
Der sonderbare blick der leichten frauen
Der auf uns gleitet wie das weisse licht
Des mondes auf bewegter wasserschicht
Will er im bade seine schönheit schauen

Der letzte thaler auf dem spielertisch
Ein frecher kuss der hagern Adeline
Erschlaffenden gesang der violine
Der wie der menschheit fernes qualgezisch --

Mehr als dies alles schätz ich - tiefe flasche -
Den starken balsam den ich aus dir nasche
Und der des frommen dichters müdheit bannt.

Du gibst ihm hoffnung liebe jugendkraft
Und stolz - dies erbteil aller bettlerschaft
Der uns zu helden macht und gottverwandt.


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

  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , "The strange expression of the slight women", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il vino del solitario", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight

This text was added to the website: 2004-01-21
Line count: 14
Word count: 93

The strange expression of the slight women
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The strange expression of the slight women
Which glides upon us like the white light
Of the moon on the choppy water’s surface - 
It will in the pool its beauty see -,

The last valleys on the player’s table,
A naughty kiss from the haggard Adeline,
Dying song of the violin
Like the distant, tortured hiss of humankind:

More than this all I esteem you, deep bottle,
The strong balm which I taste from you
And which the pious poet’s fatigue banishes.

You give him hope, love, youthful spirit,
And pride - this share of all beggarship -
Which makes us into heroes and God-kin.


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This text was added to the website: 2019-01-08
Line count: 14
Word count: 106