by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Pietà
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE ITA
Jetzt wird mein Elend voll, und namenlos
erfüllt es mich. Ich starre wie des Steins
Inneres starrt.
Hart wie ich bin, weiß ich nur Eins:
Du wurdest groß -
... und wurdest groß,
um als zu großer Schmerz
ganz über meines Herzens Fassung
hinauszustehn.
Jetzt liegst du quer durch meinen [Schooß,
jetzt kann]1 ich dich nicht mehr
gebären.

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1 Burghardt: "Schoß. / Jetzt kann"

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  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , "Pieta", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Pietà", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Line count: 12
Word count: 58

Pietà
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ora la mia sventura è colma e, inesprimibile,
mi riempie tutta. Divento dura come
è duro il cuore di una pietra.
E, dura come sono, so solamente una cosa:
Tu sei cresciuto  -- 
... e sei cresciuto ancora,
come un dolore più grande
che, oltre i confini del cuore,
mi straripa.
Ora tu mi giaci di traverso sul grembo,
e io non posso più
darti la vita.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2009 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (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: 2009-03-18
Line count: 12
Word count: 66