by Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Whose woods these are I think I know
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farm-house near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Halten am Walde im Abendschnee", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Line count: 16
Word count: 108

Halten am Walde im Abendschnee
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ich glaub' ich weiß, wes Wald dies sei,
Doch steht sein Haus nicht nebenbei;
So sieht er's nicht, bleib ich hier stehn.
(Und seinem Schnee ist's einerlei.)

Mein Pferdchen kann kein Haus hier sehn
Und kann mein Halten nicht verstehn:
Hier, zwischen eis'gem See und Wald,
Am trübsten Tag im Jahr'sgeschehn!

So schüttelt es sein Glöckchen halt,
Um mich zu fragen, Fahr'n wir bald?
Sonst kein Geräusch als Schnee ringsum
Der sanft im Winde wiederhallt.

Der Wald schweigt tief und lockend nun -
Doch ich hab' noch mein Teil zu tun
Und weit zu wandern bis zum Ruh'n,
Und weit zu wandern bis zum Ruh'n.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-12
Line count: 16
Word count: 105