by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Ernste Stunde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wer jetzt weint irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund weint in der Welt, 
weint über mich. 

Wer jetzt lacht irgendwo in der Nacht, 
ohne Grund lacht in der Nacht, 
lacht mich aus. 

Wer jetzt geht irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund geht in der Welt, 
geht zu mir. 

Wer jetzt stirbt irgendwo in der Welt, 
ohne Grund stirbt in der Welt: 
sieht mich an.

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  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , "Solemn hour", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Heure grave", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Word count: 64

Heure grave
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Qui maintenant pleure quelque part dans le monde,
sans raison, pleure dans le monde,
pleure sur moi.

Qui maintenant rit quelque part dans la nuit,
sans raison, rit dans la nuit,
rit de moi.

Qui maintenant marche quelque part dans le monde,
sans raison, marche dans le monde,
marche vers moi.

Qui maintenant meurt quelque part dans le monde,
sans raison, meurt dans le monde,
me regarde.

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This text was added to the website: 2013-01-18
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Word count: 67