by Friedrich Hölderlin (1770 - 1843)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Hoch auf strebte mein Geist, aber die...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Hoch auf strebte mein Geist, aber die Liebe zog
  [Schön]1 ihn nieder; das Leid beugt ihn gewaltiger;
    So durchlauf ich des Lebens
      Bogen und kehre, woher ich kam.

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1 Hersant: "Bald"


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Le cours de la vie", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 28

Le cours de la vie
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Mon esprit s'efforce vers le haut, mais l'amour l'entraîne
Déjà vers le bas ; la douleur le fléchit plus fort ;
Ainsi je parcours de la vie
L'arc et retourne d'où je suis venu.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-10-26
Line count: 4
Word count: 34