by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Die Blätter fallen, fallen wie von weit
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA
Die Blätter fallen, fallen wie von weit, 
als welkten in den Himmeln ferne Gärten; 
sie fallen mit verneinender Gebärde. 
Und in den Nächten fällt die schwere Erde 
aus allen Sternen in die Einsamkeit. 
Wir alle fallen. Diese Hand da fällt. 
Und sieh die andre an: es ist in allen. 
Und doch ist einer, welcher dieses Fallen 
unendlich sanft in seinen Händen hält.

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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Autumn", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Fall", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Automne", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Autunno", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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Word count: 62

Fall
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The leaves are falling, falling as from afar,
as distant gardens wither in heaven;
falling with gestures of denial.
And in the nights falls the heavy earth,
out from the stars into loneliness.
We all are falling. This hand also falls.
And notice the other as well: it is everywhere.
And still there is One holding this falling
with unending  tenderness in his hands.

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-14 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 9
Word count: 64