by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Vues des Anges, les cimes des arbres...
Language: French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG GER
Vues des Anges, les cimes des arbres peut-être
sont des racines, buvant les cieux;
et dans le sol, les profondes racines d'un hêtre
leur semblent des faîtes silencieux.

Pour eux, la terre, n'est-elle point transparente
en face d'un ciel, plein comme un corps?
Cette terre ardente, où se lamente
auprès des sources l'oubli des morts.

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  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Seen by Angels", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title 1: "Engelsschau", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 55

Seen by Angels
Language: English  after the French (Français) 
Seen by Angels, the tops of the trees perhaps
are roots, absorbing heavens;
the deep roots of a beech
seem silent peaks to them.

For them - the earth  - isn't she transparent
compared to a fraught sky?
This ardent earth, where they lament
near the springs the oblivion of the dead.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-05-09
Line count: 8
Word count: 52