by Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Die Vaterstadt, wie find ich sie doch?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Die Vaterstadt, wie find ich sie doch?
Folgend den Bomberschwärmen
Komm ich nach Haus.
[Wo denn liegt sie? Wo]1 die ungeheueren
Gebirge von Rauch stehn.
Das in den Feuern dort
Ist sie.
Die Vaterstadt, wie empfängt sie mich wohl?
Vor mir kommen die Bomber. Tödliche Schwärme
Melden euch meine Rückkehr. Feuersbrünste
[Gehen]2 dem Sohn voraus.

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Confirmed with Die Gedichte von Bertolt Brecht in einem Band, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1981 (Neunte Auflage 1997), page 858

1 Eisler: "Wo liegt sie mir? Dort, wo die ungeheueren"
2 Eisler: "Gehn"


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My native city, in what sort of state do...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My native city, in what sort of state do I find it?
Following the swarms of bombers,
I return home.
Where then is [my city]?  [Where]1 the ominous
Mountains of smoke stand,
There in the fires,
There it is.
My native city, how will it receive me?
Before me come the bombers.  Deadly swarms
Announce my return to you.  Raging fires
Precede the son.

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Translated titles:
"Rückkehr" = "Return"
"Die Heimkehr" = "The homecoming"

1 Eisler: "There, where"


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This text was added to the website: 2010-10-11
Line count: 11
Word count: 64