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Hölderlin, Friedrich: Hälfte des lebens

Portre of Hölderlin, Friedrich

Hälfte des lebens (German)

Mit gelben Birnen hänget

Und voll mit wilden Rosen

Das Land in den See,

Ihr holden Schwäne,

Und trunken von Küssen

Tunkt ihr das Haupt

Ins heilignüchterne Wasser.


Weh mir, wo nehm ich, wenn

Es Winter ist, die Blumen, und wo

Den Sonnenschein,

Und Schatten der Erde?

Die Mauern stehn

Sprachlos und kalt, im Winde

Klirren die Fahnen.

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Half of Life (English)

With its yellow pears

And wild roses everywhere

The shore hangs into the lake,

O gracious swans,

And drunk with kisses

You dip your heads

In the sobering holy water.


Ah, where will I find

Flowers, come winter,

And where the sunshine

And shade of the earth ?

Walls stand cold

And speechless, in the wind

The wheathervanes creak.

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