by Otto Erich Hartleben (1864 - 1905)
Translation © by Mimmi Fulmer, Ric Merritt

Madonna
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): CHI ENG FRE ITA NYN
Steig, o Mutter aller Schmerzen,
Auf den Altar meiner Verse!
Blut aus deinen magren Brusten
Hat des Schwertes Wut vergossen.

Deine ewig frischen Wunden
Gleichen Augen, rot und offen.
Steig, o Mutter aller Schmerzen,
Auf den Altar meiner Verse!

In den abgezehrten Händen
Hältst du deines Sohnes Leiche.
Ihn zu zeigen aller Menschheit -
Doch der Blick der Menschen meidet
Dich, o Mutter aller Schmerzen!

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

  • NYN Norwegian (Nynorsk) (Are Frode Søholt) , title 1: "Madonna", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Mimmi Fulmer) (Ric Merritt) , title 1: "Madonna", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Madonna", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Yen-Chiang Che) , title 1: "聖母", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Madone", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2003-11-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:00
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Word count: 65

Madonna
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Ascend, O Mother of All Sorrows
 The altar of my verses!
 The sword's fury has drawn blood
 From thy withered breasts.
 
 Thy eternal open wounds
 Are like eyes, red and open.
 Ascend, O Mother of All Sorrows
 The altar of my verses!
 
 In thy shriveled hands
 Thou holdest thy Son's body,
 Revealed to all mankind-
 But mankind's gaze is turned away
 From thee, O Mother of All Sorrows.

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:00
Line count: 13
Word count: 69