by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Unter Zeiten
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FIN FRE
Das Perfekt und das Imperfekt
    tranken Sekt.1
Sie stießen aufs Futurum an
(was man wohl gelten lassen kann).2

Plusquamper und Exaktfutur
    blinzten nur.

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1 Bergman inserts here: "Sie tranken Sekt, sie haben getrunken." 2 Bergman inserts here: "Sie werden Sekt trinken, / Sie werden getrunken haben."


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

  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Under tenses", rhymed paraphrase, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , "Aikojen kesken", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Entre temps", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-07-31
Line count: 6
Word count: 23

Entre temps
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Le passé composé et l'imparfait
    buvaient du mousseux.
Ils trinquent au futur
(qu'on peut bien faire valoir).

 Plus-que-parfait et futur précis
   clignaient simplement des yeux.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-10-22
Line count: 6
Word count: 25