by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Laß ruh'n die Toten
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Es [ragt]1 ein altes Gemäuer
Hervor aus Waldesnacht,
Wohl standen Klöster und Burgen
Einst dort in herrlicher Pracht.
 
Es liegen im kühlen Grunde
Behauene Steine gereiht;
Dort schlummern die [Frommen]2, die Starken,
Die Mächt'gen der alten Zeit.
 
Was kommst du [bei]3 nächtlicher Weile
Durchwühlen das alte Gestein?
Und [förderst herauf]4 aus den Gräbern --
Nur Staub und Totengebein.
 
Unmächtger Sohn der Stunde,
Das ist der Zeiten Lauf,
Laß ruhn, laß ruhn die Toten,
Du weckst sie mit Klagen nicht auf.

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1 Strauss: "steht"
2 Strauss: "Frauen"
3 omitted by Strauss
4 Strauss: "fordest hervor"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Deixeu reposar els morts", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Let the dead rest", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Laisse reposer les morts", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 79

Deixeu reposar els morts
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Vells murs enrunats s’alcen
de la nit del bosc,
antany allà hi devia haver monestirs i castells
en magnífica esplendor.

Al fred terra hi ha
una renglera de pedres tallades;
allà hi dormen els pietosos, els forts,
els poderosos dels temps antics.

Per què véns durant la nit
a regirar les velles pedres?
I a treure de les tombes
només pols i ossos morts?

Impotent fill del moment
això és el curs dels anys,
deixa reposar, deixa reposar els morts,
amb els teus planys no els faràs pas despertar.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2020 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2020-03-15
Line count: 16
Word count: 89