by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Der Sommer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Noch ist die Zeit des Jahrs zu sehn, und die Gefilde 
Des Sommers stehn in ihrem Glanz, in ihrer Milde; 
Des Feldes Grün ist prächtig ausgebreitet,
Allwo der Bach hinab mit Wellen gleitet. 
So zieht der Tag hinaus durch Berg und Tale, 
Mit seiner Unaufhaltsamkeit und seinem Strahle, 
Und Wolken ziehn in Ruh', in hohen Räumen,
Es scheint das Jahr mit Herrlichkeit zu säumen.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Summer", copyright © 1994, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "L'été", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 64

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The time of year can still be seen, and the fields
of summer are in their brilliance, in their mildness;
the field's green is gloriously outspread,
where the brook glides downward in ripples.
So the day moves through mountain and valley,
with its inevitability and its radiance,
and clouds move calmly in high spaces,
as though the year in majesty stood still.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 62