by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Laura Kinderman

Das sind die Stunden, da ich mich finde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Das sind die Stunden, da ich mich finde.
Dunkel wellen die Wiesen im Winde,
allen Birken schimmert die Rinde,
und der Abend kommt über sie.

Und ich wachse in seinem Schweigen,
möchte blühen mit vielen Zweigen,
nur um mit allen mich einzureigen
in die einige Harmonie...

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Confirmed with Rainer Maria Rilke, Werke, kommentierte Ausgabe in vier Bänden, Band 1 Gedichte 1895 bis 1910, herausgegeben von Manfred Engel und Ulrich Fülleborn, Frankfurt am Main und Leipzig: Insel Verlag, 1996, page 104.


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  • ENG English (Laura Kinderman) , "Those are the hours", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2007-02-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 46

Those are the hours
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Those are the hours, that I find myself.
Darkly the fields wave forth in the wind,
the bark of all birches shimmers,
and the evening comes over them. 

And I grow in its silence,
would like to bloom with many branches,
only to move with all into concentric dance
in the correspondent harmony . . .


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This text was added to the website: 2010-08-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 56