by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)

Nur wer die Leier schon hob
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Nur wer die Leier schon hob
auch unter Schatten
darf das unendliche Lob
ahnend erstatten.

Nur wer mit Toten vom Mohn
aß, von dem ihren,
wird nicht den leisesten Ton
wieder verlieren.

Mag auch die Spieglung im Teich
oft uns verschwimmen:
Wisse das Bild.

Erst in dem Doppelbereich
werden die Stimmen
ewig und mild.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-18
Line count: 14
Word count: 54

Sonnet #9
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Only one who has lifted the lyre
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