O HERR, GIB JEDEM ... O LORD, GRANT EVERYONE ...
Rainer Maria Rilke trans. Bertram Kottmann

O Herr, gib jedem seinen eignen Tod.
Das Sterben, das aus jenem Leben geht,
darin er Liebe hatte, Sinn und Not.

O Lord, grant everyone a proper end,
a passing that arises from a life
that full of love and sense and need was spent.

Trans. copyright © Bertram Kottmann 2009


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