by Karl Kraus (1874 - 1936)
Translation © by Leonard Lehrman

An eine Falte
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wie Gottes Athem seine Fluren fächelt,
so wird es leicht und licht
in diesem klaren Angesicht.
Es hat die Erde gern
und schwebt ihr fern
und liebt und lächelt.

Und Gottes Finger bildete den Bug
vom Ebenbilde.
Es zieht so milde
hin über alles Leid,
und es verzeiht
der edle Zug.

In dich, o unvergeßlich feine Falte,
betend versanken
meine Gedanken.
Daß diese letzte Spur
seiner Natur
mir Gott erhalte!


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Leonard Lehrman) , "To a wrinkle", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À une ride", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2012-03-11
Line count: 18
Word count: 70

To a wrinkle
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
As the breath of God flutters through His fields,
So in this clear countenance 
will there be lightness and light.
Pleased by the earth, 
it floats far from her, 
loves and smiles.

And the finger of God formed the prow 
in His own image.
It stretches out sorrow 
so softly over everything,
And forgives 
the noble tug.

In you, oh unforgettably fine wrinkle,
Prayerfully sank
my thoughts.
May God preserve 
this last trace 
of His nature in me!


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This text was added to the website: 2013-09-01
Line count: 18
Word count: 78