by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Im Tale rinnt der Bach, die Berg' an...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Im Tale rinnt der Bach, die Berg' an hoher Seite,
Sie grünen weit umher an dieses Tales Breite,
Und Bäume mit dem Laube stehn gebreitet,
Daß fast verborgen dort der Bach hinunter gleitet.

So glänzt darob des schönen Sommers Sonne,
Daß fast zu eilen scheint des hellen Tages Wonne,
Der Abend mit der Frische kommt zu Ende,
Und trachtet, wie er das dem Menschen noch vollende.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Summer III", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 8
Word count: 66

Summer III
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The brook runs in the valley, the mountains on the high sides
Spread their greenery around the broadness of this valley,
And trees are standing, their leafy boughs spread expansively,
So that, almost concealed, the brook there glides down.

Thus sparkles from above the beautiful summer sun,
Such that the day's bright joy almost seems to hasten,
The evening with its freshness comes to an end,
And seeks to see how it can yet fulfill [the day's joy] for mankind.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-08-20
Line count: 8
Word count: 80