by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Der Tod ist groß
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE
Der Tod ist groß. 
Wir sind die Seinen
lachenden Munds. 
Wenn wir uns mitten im Leben meinen,
wagt er zu weinen
mitten in uns.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Conclusió", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Salvador Pila) , "Conclusion", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Finale", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Line count: 6
Word count: 24

Conclusion
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Death is great.
We belong to her
with laughing mouths.
When we believe ourselves to be in the midst of our lives,
she dares to cry
inside us.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-05-22
Line count: 6
Word count: 28