by Richard von Schaukal (1874 - 1942)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Regen [sinkt auf die]1 Stadt,
und mein [Herz]2 steht in Tränen.
Ich weiß nicht, was es hat:
mein Herz ist voll Sehnen.

[Das]3 ruhige Regenklopfen
auf den Dächern und Gassen.
Leise trommeln die Tropfen:
Verlassen, verlassen!

Warum nur muss ich weinen?
Mein Herz ist am Verscheiden.
Warum? Ich weiss ja keinen
Grund, solchen Gram zu leiden!

O das ist bitt're Pein:
so sonder Lieb und Groll
unsäglich traurig sein,
das Herz von Tränen voll.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Marx: "über der"
2 Marx: "Herze"
3 Marx: "Dies"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Rain", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2010-11-19
Line count: 16
Word count: 74

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Rain [sinks down onto]1 the city,
and my heart stands tear-filled.
I know not what is bothering it:
my heart is full of longing.

[The]2 quiet knocking of the rain
on the roofs and streets-
Softly pound the drops:
Forsaken, forsaken!

Why must I weep?
My heart is about to die.
Why? I know of no
Reason for suffering such pain!

Oh, that is bitter pain:
So [entirely] without love and resentment
to be unfathomably sad,
the heart full of tears.

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Marx: "over"
2 Marx: "This"


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This text was added to the website: 2012-08-03
Line count: 16
Word count: 81