Translation © by Walter Meyer

Die Beiden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA
Sie trug den Becher in der Hand
-- Ihr Kinn und Mund glich seinem Rand --
So leicht und sicher war ihr Gang,
Kein Tropfen aus dem Becher sprang.

So leicht und fest war seine Hand:
Er ritt auf einem jungen Pferde
Und mit nachlässiger Gebärde
Erzwang er, daß es zitternd stand.

Jedoch wenn er aus ihrer Hand 
Den leichten Becher nehmen sollte,
So war es beiden [allzu]1 schwer:

Denn beide bebten sie so sehr,
Daß keine Hand die andre fand,
Und dunkler Wein am Boden rollte.

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1 Schoenberg: "gar zu" (and/or Zemlinsky?)

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter Meyer) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Markham Anderson) , "The two", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tous deux", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "I due", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 85

She carried the tumbler in her hand
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
She carried the tumbler in her hand
(her chin and mouth were level w/ its rim)
Her pace was so light and certain
That not a single drop leapt from the tumbler.

His hand was so easy and firm;
He was riding a young horse,
And with a casual motion
Compelled it to stand still while trembling.

Yet when from her hand
He was supposed to take the light tumbler
It was too heavy for both of them.

For both were shaking so hard
That neither hand found the other
And dark wine rolled on the ground.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-29
Line count: 14
Word count: 97