by Hans Bethge (1876 - 1946)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

In der Fremde
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Chinese (中文) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
In fremdem Lande lag ich. 
Weißen Glanz malte der Mond 
vor meine Lagerstätte. 

Ich hob das Haupt, ich meinte erst, 
es sei der Reif der Frühe, 
was ich schimmern sah, 
dann aber wußte ich:
der Mond, der Mond, 
und neigte das Gesicht zur Erde hin.
Und meine Heimat winkte mir von fern.

Die chinesische Flöte, YinYang Media Verlag. ISBN 3-9806799-5-0.

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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "In foreign land", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À l'étranger", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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À l'étranger
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
À l'étranger j'étais couché.
Une lumière blanche était peinte par la lune
autour de ma couche.

Je levais ma tête, je pensais d'abord
que c'était le point de l'aube
que je voyais scintiller,
ensuite pourtant je sus :
la lune, la lune,
et sa face penchée vers la terre.
Et mon pays me faisait signe de loin.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-09-23
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