by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Salvador Pila

Liebeslied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Wie soll ich meine Seele halten, daß
sie nicht an deine rührt? Wie soll ich sie
hinheben über dich zu andern Dingen?
Ach gerne möcht ich sie bei irgendwas
Verlorenem im Dunkel unterbringen
an einer fremden stillen Stelle, die
nicht weiterschwingt, wenn deine Tiefen schwingen.

Doch alles, was uns anrührt, dich und mich,
nimmt uns zusammen wie ein Bogenstrich,
der aus zwei Saiten eine Stimme zieht.
Auf welches Instrument sind wir gespannt?
Und welcher [Geiger]1 hat uns in der Hand?
O süßes Lied.

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1 Martinsson: "Spieler"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Cançó d'amor", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Ruth Schonthal) , "Love song", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Elisabeth Siekhaus) , "Love song", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chant d'amour", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Canto d'amore", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 13
Word count: 83

Cançó d'amor
Language: Catalan (Català)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Com podria retenir la meva ànima de forma
que no entrés en contacte amb la teva? Com podria
enlairar-la per dessobre teu envers altres afers?
Ai! De bon grat l'allotjaria dins quelcom
perdut en la foscúria,
en un lloc incògnit, tranquil,
que no tornés a sondrollar quan la teva part més profunda ho faci.

Però tot allò que ens toca, a tu i a mi,
ens aplega ensems, com el frec d'un arquet de violí
que de dues cordes fa sortir una sola veu.
En quin instrument ens trobem com fils tibants?
I quin violinista ens té a la seva mà?
Oh! dolça cançó.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-12-04
Line count: 13
Word count: 104