by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

In Hellbrunn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wieder folgend der blauen Klage des Abends
Am Hügel hin, am Frühlingsweiher --
Als schwebten darüber die Schatten lange Verstorbener,
Die Schatten der Kirchenfürsten, edler Frauen --
Schon blühen ihre Blumen, die ernsten Veilchen
Im Abendgrund, rauscht des blauen Quells
Kristallne Woge. So geistlich ergrünen
Die Eichen über den vergessenen Pfaden der Toten,
Die goldene Wolke über dem Weiher.


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  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "In Hellbrunn ", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "À Hellbrunn", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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In Hellbrunn 
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Following once more the evening’s blue lament
along the hill and by the vernal pond - 
as if the shadows of those long deceased hovered above them, 
shadows of church dignitaries, noble women - 
their flowers already bloom, solemn violets 
in evening’s vale, the blue spring’s crystal swell
already rushes. So spiritually the oaks 
become green over the forgotten pathways of the deceased, 
the aureate cloud over the pond.


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Word count: 69