by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Ruth Schonthal (1924 - 2006)

Arme Heilige
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Arme Heilige aus Holz
kam meine Mutter beschenken;
und sie staunten stumm und stolz
hinter den harten Bänken.

Haben ihrem heißen Mühn
sicher den Dank vergessen,
kannten nur das Kerzenglühn
ihrer kalten Messen.

Aber meine Mutter kam
ihnen Blumen geben.
Meine Mutter die Blumen nahm
alle aus meinem Leben.

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  • ENG English (Ruth Schonthal) , "To poor saints", copyright ©


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To poor saints
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
To poor saints, made out of wood
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