by Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Die Schwermut
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Gewaltig bist du dunkler Mund 
Im Innern, aus Herbstgewölk 
Geformte Gestalt, 
Goldner Abendstille; 
Ein grünlich dämmernder Bergstrom 
In zerbrochner Föhren 
Schattenbezirk; 
Ein Dorf, 
Das fromm in braunen Bildern abstirbt. 

Da springen die schwarzen Pferde 
Auf nebliger Weide. 
Ihr Soldaten! 
Vom Hügel, wo sterbend die Sonne rollt 
Stürzt das lachende Blut
Unter Eichen 
Sprachlos! O grollende Schwermut 
Des Heers; ein strahlender Helm 
Sank klirrend von purpurner Stirne. 

Herbstesnacht so kühle kommt 
Erglänzt mit Sternen 
Über zerbrochenem Männergebein 
Die stille Mönchin.

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

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Melancholia", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La mélancolie", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Malinconia", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2012-01-08
Line count: 22
Word count: 79

Malinconia
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sei tu potente, oscura bocca,
al tuo interno, da nubi d'autunno
plasmate immagini,
di aurea quiete serale;
Un torrente si fa verde cupo
fra pini schiantati
nell'ombra;
Un villaggio,
piamente si spegne in immagini brune.

Ecco un irrompere di neri cavalli
sul prato nebbioso.
Soldati!
Dal colle, dove rotola il sole morente
sprizza gioioso il sangue -
Sotto le querce
Mute! Oh, fragorosa malinconia
delle armate; un elmo lucente
cadde risuonando da una fronte insanguinata.

Fresca notte autunnale cala, 
risplendente di stelle,
sopra ossa spezzate di uomini,
monaca silenziosa. 

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Italian (Italiano) copyright © 2012 by Ferdinando Albeggiani, (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: 2012-02-05
Line count: 22
Word count: 89