by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Weisst du, ich will mich schleichen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Weisst du, ich will mich schleichen
leise aus lautem Kreis,
wenn ich erst die bleichen
Sterne über den Eichen
blühen weiß.

Wege will ich erkiesen,
die selten wer betritt
in blassen Abendwiesen -
und keinen Traum, als diesen:
Du gehst mit.

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You know I'd like to sidle
out of the circle loud,
once I know the pallid
stars above the oak-trees
all abloom.

Paths will I be choosing
that seldom any tread
in palish ev'ning meadows? 
and no dream else but dreaming:
you join in.


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Word count: 44