by Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Noch spielen die Jagdhunde im Hof, aber...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Noch spielen die Jagdhunde im Hof, aber das Wild entgeht ihnen nicht, 
so sehr es jetzt schon durch die Wälder jagt.
Lächerlich hast du dich aufgeschirrt für diese Welt. 
Je mehr Pferde du anspannst, desto rascher gehts - 
nämlich nicht das Ausreißen des Blocks aus dem Fundament, 
was unmöglich ist, aber das Zerreißen der Riemen 
und damit die leere fröhliche Fahrt.

G. Kurtág sets lines 1-2

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Line count: 7
Word count: 61

Still playing, are the hounds in the...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Still playing, are the hounds in the courtyard, but the game won't escape, 
when they begin to hunt in the woods.
Ridiculously, you have tried to ready yourself for the world. 
The more horses you harness, the faster they go - 
namely, not tearing the block out of its base, 
which is impossible, but shredding their harness straps
and running happily away with no load.

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Translations of title(s):
"Noch spielen die Jagdhunde im Hof" = "Still playing, are the hounds in the courtyard"
"In memoriam Robert Klein" = "In memory of Robert Klein"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-08
Line count: 7
Word count: 65