by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

Der Winter
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG
Wenn ungesehn und nun vorüber sind die Bilder 
Der Jahreszeit, so kommt des Winters Dauer, 
Das Feld ist leer, die Ansicht scheinet milder,  
Und Stürme wehn umher und Regenschauer. 
Als wie ein Ruhetag, so ist des Jahres Ende, 
Wie einer Frage Ton, daß dieser sich vollende, 
Alsdann erscheint des Frühlings neues Werden, 
So glänzet die Natur mit ihrer Pracht auf Erden.


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  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Winter", copyright © 1994, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , "Winter", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When vanished and no longer seen are illustrations
of season, then arrive the winter hours:
the field is empty, mild seem its ablations
and storms blow to and fro with rains and showers.

As if a day for rest, so is this year's cessation
just like a questioning chord requesting consecration:
then Spring's becoming enters the creation
and Nature shines on Earth in glorious elation.

Translation dedicated to M. Wisser


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