by William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

The moods
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Time drops in decay,
Like a candle burnt out,
And the mountains and woods
Have their day, have their day;
What one in the rout
Of the fire-born moods,
Has fallen away?

First published in Bookman, August 1893


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Göttliche Wirkmächte", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Göttliche Wirkmächte
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Zeit tröpfelt im Vergehn
der Kerze gleich, die brennt,
auch Berge, Wälder, Haine
in gleicher Weise gehn.
Was, wenn aus dem Regiment
feuer-gebor’ner Mächte eine
nicht mehr bleibt bestehn?


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