Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Sunset - Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff

We have been through want and joy
Hand in hand
Now let us rest from our wanderings
Over the quiet land.

The valleys slope around us,
The air already darkens,
Two larks fly dreamily aloft
Into the scented air.

Step inside and let them whirl
Soon, it will be time to sleep
So that we do not lose our way
In this, our solitude.

O stay, in silent peace.
So deep within the sunset,
We are like walkers overtired—
Is this perhaps our death?

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788 - 1857) Germany
Translated by David Paley

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