by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Linda Godry

Du kommst und gehst. Die Türen fallen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Du kommst und gehst. Die Türen fallen 
Viel sanfter zu, fast ohne Wehn.
Du bist der Leiseste von allen,
die durch die leisen Häuser gehen.

Man kann sich so an dich gewöhnen,
dass man nicht aus dem [Buche]1 schaut,
wenn seine Bilder sich verschönen,

von deinem Schatten überblaut;
[weil dich die Dinge immer tönen,
nur einmal leis und einmal laut.]2

Oft wenn ich dich in Sinnen sehe,
verteilt sich deine Allgestalt:
du gehst wie lauter lichte Rehe.
und ich bin dunkel und bin Wald.

Du bist ein Rad, an dem ich stehe:
von deinen vielen dunklen Achsen
wird immer wieder eine schwer
und dreht sich näher zu mir her,

und meine willigen Werke wachsen
von Wiederkehr zu Wiederkehr.

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1 Große-Schware: "Fenster"
2 omitted by Große-Schware

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  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "You come and go", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tu vas et viens", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Linda Godry

This text was added to the website: 2007-06-25
Line count: 20
Word count: 118

You come and go
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You come and go, the doors close 
more softly, almost without a breath.
You are the most silent of all,
Who pass through the silent houses.

One could get used to you,
So that one doesn't even look out of the windows,
while your pictures beome more and more beautiful,

tinted in blue by your shadows.



Often, when you are on my mind
Your multifariousness is everywhere:
You glide like many a translucent doe
And I am dark and I am forest.

You are the wheel standing before me;
Of your many dark axles
One or the other becomes loaded down
And turns closer to me,

And my gladly-brought deeds
Keep growing again and again.

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This text was added to the website: 2007-06-25
Line count: 18
Word count: 115