Georg Trakl Poetry (English)

Poetry published by Georg Trakl translated by Jim Doss and Werner Schmitt

 

Poems
(1913 in Kurt Wolff publishing house, Leipzig)

 

The Ravens (Over the black corner ...)
The Young Maid (Often at the well ...)
Romance in the Night (The lonely one under...)
In Red Foliage Full of Guitars...
Music in Mirabell [version 3] (A fountain sings...)
Melancholy of the Evening (The forest widens deceased...)
Winter Twilight (Black skies of metal...)
Rondel (Flown away is the gold of the days...)
Blessing of Women (Walking among your women...)
The Beautiful City (Old plazas remain in sunny silence...)
In a Deserted Room (Window, colorful flowerbeds...)
To the Boy Elis (Elis, when the blackbird calls...)
The Thunderstorm Evening (O, the red evening hours...)
Evening Muse (Again at the blooming window...)
Dream of Evil [version 1] (Fading away of a gong's brown-golden sounds...)
Spiritual Song (A fluttering flowerbed...)
In Autumn (Sunflowers shine near the fence...)
Toward Evening my Heart (In the evening one hears the cry of bats...)
The Peasants (Before the window sounding green and red...)
All Soul's Day ( Little men, little women ...)
Melancholy [version 3] (Bluish shadows. O you dark eyes...)
Soul of Life (Decay softly darkens the foliage...)
Transfigured Autumn (So the year ends enormously...)
Corner by the Forest (Brown chestnuts. Quietly the old people...)
In Winter (The acre shines white and cold...)
In an Old Family Album (Always you return, melancholy...)
Transformation [version 2] (Along gardens, autumnal, red-seared...)
Small Concert (A red, which dream-like overcomes...)
Mankind (Mankind placed before the fiery gorges...)
The Walk (Music hums in the wood...)
De profundis (It is a stubble field...)
Trumpets (Under pruned willows...)
Dusk ( In the courtyard, bewitched by milky twilight ...)
Cheerful Spring [version 2] (Beside the brook that flows...)
Suburb in Foehn (In the evening the site lies...)
The Rats (In the courtyard the autumn moon...)
Doldrums [version 1] (World misfortune wanders ghostly...)
Whispered in the Afternoon (The sun, autumnal thin ...)
Psalm [version 2] (It is a light, which the wind...)
Rosary Songs
   To the Sister ( Where you go becomes autumn ...)
   Nearness of Death [version 2] (O the evening...)
   Amen (Putrid gliding through the rotten room...)
Decay [version 2] (In the evening when the bells...)
In the Homeland (Fragrance of mignonettes strays...)
An Autumn Evening (The brown village...)
Human Misery [version 2] (The clock that strikes five before the sun...)
In the Village (A village, a field emerges...)
Evening Song (In the evening when we go on dark paths...)
Three Gazes into an Opal (Gaze into an opal...)
Night Song (The breath of the unmoved...)
Helian (In the lonely hours of the spirit...)

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Sebastian in Dream
(divided in five sections; 1915 in Kurt Wolff publishing house, Leipzig)

 

Sebastian in Dream

Childhood (The elder full of fruit...)
Hourly Song (With dark gazes the lovers look...)
En-Route (In the evening they carried the stranger...)
Landscape [version 2] (September evening; sadly the shepherds' dark calls...)
To the Boy Elis (Elis, when the blackbird calls...)
Elis [version 3] (Perfect is the stillness of this golden day...)
Hohenburg [version 2] (There is nobody in the house...)
Sebastian in Dream (Mother bore the infant in the white moon...)
At the Moor [version 3] (Wanderer in black wind...)
In Spring (Gently snow sank from dark steps...)
Evening in Lans [version 2] (Wanderings through the dawning summer...)
At the Mönchsberg [version 2] (Where in the shadow of autumnal elms...)
Kaspar Hauser Song (He truly loved the sun...)
At Night (The blueness of my eyes is extinguished...)
Metamorphosis of Evil - Prose [version 2] (Autumn: black pacing along the forest's edge...)

 

Autumn of the Lonely

In the Park (Again wandering in the old park...)
A Winter Evening [version 2] (When the snow falls...)
The Cursed (It dusks. The old women go ...)
Sonja (Evening returns in the old garden...)
Along (Corn and grape are cut...)
Autumn Soul [version 2] (Hunter's call and bloody baying...)
Afra [version 2] (A child with brown hair...)
Autumn of the Lonely (The dark autumn returns filled...)

 

Seven-song of Death

Rest and Silence (Shepherds buried the sun in the bleak forest...)
Anif (Memory: gulls, gliding over the dark sky...)
Birth (Mountains: blackness, silence and snow...)
Decline [version 5] (Over the white pond...)
To One Who Died Early ( O, the black angel...)
Spiritual Dusk [version 2] (A dark deer encounters silently...)
Occidental Song (O the nocturnal wing beat of the soul...)
Transfiguration (When evening appears...)
Foehn (Blind lament in the wind...)
The Wanderer [version 2] (Always, the white night leans...)
Karl Kraus (White pontiff of truth...)
To the Muted (O, the insanity of the large city...)
Passion [version 3] (When Orpheus silverly stirs the lyre...)
Seven-song of Death (Bluely spring dusks...)
Winter Night (Snow has fallen...)

 

Song of the Departed

In Venice (Silence in the nocturnal room...)
Limbo (By autumnal walls...)
The Sun (Daily the yellow sun comes...)
Song of a Captive Blackbird (Dark breathe in the green branches...)
Summer (In the evening the cuckoo's lament...)
End of Summer (The green summer has become...)
Year (Dark silence of childhood...)
Occident [version 4] (Moon, as if a dead thing...)
Springtime of the Soul (Outcry in sleep...)
In Darkness [version 2] (The soul silences the blue springtime...)
Song of the Departed (The flight of birds is full of harmonies...)

 

Dream and Derangement

Dream and Derangement - Prose ( In the evening, the father became an old man...)

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Publications in the magazine
'Der Brenner' in 1914/5

 

In Hellbrunn (Following the blue lament...)
The Heart (The wild heart became white...)
Sleep [version 2] (Accursed you dark poisons...)
The Thunderstorm (You wild mountains...)
The Evening (Moon, with dead heroic figures...)
The Night (I sing you, wild fissure...)
The Gloom (You are enormous, dark mouth...)
The Homecoming [version 2] (The coolness of dark years...)
Lament (Youth, out of a crystal mouth...)
Surrender at Night [version 5] (Monkess! enclose me in your darkness...)
In the East (The people's dark rage...)
Lament (Sleep and death, the sinister eagles...)
Grodek [version 2] (In the evening the autumn woods resound...)
Revelation and Decline - Prose (Strange are the nightly paths of men...)

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Other Publications in Lifetime
(Poems - Prose - Reviews)

 

Poems

The Morning Song ( Now stride down, titanic fellow ...)
Dream Wanderer (Where are you, who walked...)
The Three Ponds of Hellbrunn [version 2] (Around the flowers the blowflies reel...)
The Three Ponds in Hellbrunn [version 3] (Wandering along the black walls...)
St. Peter's Cemetery (All around is rocky isolation...)
A Spring Evening (A shrub filled with larvae...)
In an Old Garden (Mignonette scent drifts away...)
['Evening Round Dance', version 1] (Aster fields, brown and blue...)
Evening Round Dance [version 2] (Aster fields brown and blue...)
['Night Soul', version 1] (In stillness the moldering forest...)
Night Soul [version 2] (Taciturnly a blue deer descended...)
Night Soul [version 3] (Taciturnly a blue deer descended...)

 

Prose

Dream Country. An Episode
From the Golden Chalice. Barrabas - A fantasy
From the Golden Chalice. Mary Magdalene - A dialog
Abandonment

 

Reviews

Head Stage Director Friedheim
Gustav Streicher
Jakobus and the Women. A novel by Franz Karl Ginzkey

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2. The Bequest

 

Collection 1909

Arranged by Trakl as a survey of his poems written up to 1909. Later he did not consider these texts to be of any importance.

Three Dreams (I think, I dreamed of falling leaves...)
From the Still Days (So ghostly are these late days...)
Dusk (You are rumpled, distorted...)
Autumn ['Decay', version 1] (In the evening when the bells...)
The Horror (I saw myself go through abandoned rooms...)
Devotion (Not lost from my young years...)
Sabbat (A breath of feverish poisonous plants...)
Song in the Night (Born from the shadow of a breath...)
The Deep Song (From deep night I was released...)
Ballad (A fool wrote three signs in the sand...)
Ballad (A heart laments...)
Ballad ( A sultry garden stood the night...)
Melusine (At my windows the night weeps...)
Decay (A wind is blowing...)
Poem (A pious song came to me...)
Night Song (Over nocturnal dark floods...)
By a Window (Above the roofs the sky's blue...)
Colorful Autumn ['Music in Mirabell', version 1] (The fountain sings...)
The Three Ponds in Hellbrunn [version 1] (Around the flowers the blowflies...)
On the Death of an Old Woman (Often I listen full of horror...)
Gipsy (The longing flames...)
Nature Theater (Now I step through the slender gate...)
Exhausting (Putrefaction of dream-created paradises...)
Closing Chord (The last, pale light went from the day...)
Accord (Very bright tones in the thin winds...)
Crucifixus (He is the God before whom the poor kneel...)
Confiteor (The colored pictures which life paints...)
Silence (Over the forests the moon...)
Before Sunrise (In the dark many bird voices call...)
Blood Guilt (Night threatens at the bed of our kisses...)
Encounter (The stranger on the way...)
Perfection (My brother, let us go more silent...)
Metamorphosis (An eternal light glows dark-red...)
Evening Walk (I go into the evening...)
The Saint (When in the hell of self-created sufferings...)
To a Woman Passer-by (I have once seen passing-by...)
The Dead Church (On dark benches they sit packed...)

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Poems 1909-12

 

Melusine (What just woke me...)
The Night of the Poor (Dusk falls...)
Night Song (Strike me pain...)
De profundis (The chamber of the dead is full of night...)
At the Cemetery (Rotten stone towers sultrily warmed...)
Sunny Afternoon (A branch rocks me in the deep blue...)
Age (An animal face in the brown green...)
The Shadow (Since I sat in the garden...)
Quaint Spring (Probably around the deep midday...)
The Dream of an Afternoon (Be silent! the ancestor arrives...)
Summer Sonata (Rotten fruits smell stunning...)
Luminous Hour (Far on the hill flute-sounds...)
Childhood Memory (The sun shines alone...)
An Evening (In the evening the sky was overcast...)
Season (Ruby-veins crept into the foliage...)
In Wine Country (The sun paints courtyard and walls ...)
The Dark Valley (In pines a migration of crows...)
Summer Dawn (In the green ether suddenly a star...)
In the Moonlight (An army of vermin...)
Fairy Tale (Rockets drizzle in the yellow sunshine...)
A Spring Evening (Come evening, friend who surrounds my forehead...)
Elegy (The girlfriend juggling with green flowers...)
Springtime of the Soul (Flowers scattered blue and white...)
Western Dusk (A faun-cry romps through sparks...)
The Church (Painted angels guard the altars...)
To Angela [version 1] (A lonely destiny in abandoned rooms...)
To Angela [version 2] (A lonely destiny in abandoned rooms...)
In milk and desolation... [Fr.]
Daydreaming in the Evening (Where one goes in the evening...)
Winter Walk in A-Minor (Red spheres often emerge...)
Always Darker (The wind, which moves purple treetops...)
En-route [version 1] (A scent of myrrh...)
En-route [version 2] (A scent of myrrh...)
December ['December Sonnet', version 1] (In the evening jugglers travel...)
December Sonnet [version 2] (In the evening jugglers travel...)
Green-golden the day arises...

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Poems 1912-14

 

A carpet, into which the suffering landscape pales...
Rosy mirror: an ugly image...
The song of the spring rain is dark... [Fr.]
Figure which has long dwelt in the coolness... [Fr.]
['Deliriums', version 2] (Dark interpretation of the water...) [Fr.]
Delirium (The black snow which runs off the roofs...)
On the Edge of an Old Water ['On the Edge of an Old Water', version 1] (Dark interpretation of the water...)
On the Edge of an Old Well [version 2] (Dark interpretation of the water...)
Along Walls (An old path goes along...)
A paleness, resting in the shadow... [Fr.]
The stillness of the deceased loves the old garden...
With rosy stages the stone sinks...
The blue night has softly risen...
O the dwelling in the stillness...
In the Evening (A blue brook...)
Justice (Huts of childhood...)
Sister's Garden [version 1] (It's already cool...)
Sister's Garden [version 2] (In sister's garden silent and still...)
Wind, white voice that whispers... [version 1]
Wind, white voice that whispers... [version 2]
So quietly in the evening...
The dew of spring, which falls down...
O the defoliated beeches...
To Novalis [version 1] ( Resting in crystalline earth...)
['To Novalis', version 2a] (In dark earth the holy stranger...)
To Novalis [version 2b] (In dark earth the holy stranger...)
Hour of Grief (Blackish the step follows the gleaming moon...)
['Nocturnal Lament', version 1] (The night has risen over the rumpled forehead...)
Nocturnal Lament [version 2] (The night has risen over the rumpled forehead...)
To Johanna (Often I hear your steps...)
Melancholy (The blue soul has mutely closed...)
Please ['To Lucifer', version 1] (Send your flames to the spirit...)
Please ['To Lucifer', version 2] (Send your flames to the spirit...)
To Lucifer [version 3] (Lend your flame to the spirit...)
Blue evening take someone's temple...
['In the Evening', version 1] (The grass is still yellow...)
In the Evening [version 2] (The grass is still yellow...)
With the Young Wine [version 1] (Sun sets purple...)
With the Young Wine [version 2] (Sun sets purple...)
The night devoured red faces...
Homecoming (When the evening breathes...)
Daydreaming [version 1] (Soft life grows in the stillness...)
Daydreaming [version 2] (Soft life grows in the stillness around...)
Daydreaming [version 3] (Lovers go by hedges...)
Psalm (Stillness; as if blind people sank down...)
['Autumnal Homecoming', version 1b] (Memory, buried hope...)
Autumnal Homecoming [version 2] (Memory, buried hope...)
Autumnal Homecoming [version 3] (Memory, buried hope...)
['Remnant', version 1] (O spiritual reunion...)
Remnant [version 2] (O spiritual reunion...)
Age (More spiritually the wild roses...)
The Sunflowers (You golden sunflowers...)
So seriously o summer dusk...

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Double Versions
of the poems published in lifetime

 

Colorful Autumn ['Music in Mirabell', version 2] (A fountain sings...)
Dream of Evil [version 2] (O these lime-whitewashed, bleak alleys...)
Dream of Evil [version 3] (Fading away of a death-bell's sounds...)
Quietly ['Melancholy', version 1] (In the stubble field a black wind thunders...)
Melancholia ['Melancholy', version 2] (Bluish shadows. O you dark eyes...)
['Transformation', version 1] (The autumn's coolness...)
Cheerful Spring [version 1] When newly greened the brook flows...)
['Doldrums', version 2] (In inns dreaming often in the afternoon...)
Psalm [version 1] (It is a light, which the wind...)
['Nearness of Death', version 1] (The monk listens long...)
In the Hospital ['Human Mourning', version 1] (The clock that strikes twelve...)
Human Mourning [version 3] (The clock that strikes five before the sun...)
['Landscape', version 1] (September evening, or the dark calls...)
Elis [version 1] (Perfect is the stillness...)
Elis [version 2] (Elis, when the blackbird calls...)
['Hohenburg', version 1] (The father's house empty and dead...)
December ['At the Moor', version 1] (The coat in the black wind...)
['At the Moor', version 2] (Coat in the black wind...)
At the Moor [version 4] (Wanderer in the black wind...)
Summer ['Evening in Lans', version 1] (Summer under lime-whitewashed arches...)
At the Mönchsberg [version 1] (Where in the shadow of autumnal elms...)
Memory - Prose [Fr., 'Metamorphosis of Evil', version 1] (Silently the child dwelled...)
In Winter ['A Winter Evening', version 1] (When the snow falls against the window...)
['Autumn Soul', version 1] (Deeply in green the scythe mows...)
Evening Mirror ['Afra', version 1] (A child with brown hair...)
['Decline', version 1] (In the evening, when we go home...)
['Decline', version 2] (When we go home through...)
['Decline', version 3] (When we go through our summers'...)
Decline [version 4] (Under the dark arches of our gloom...)
At the Hill ['Spiritual Dusk', version 1] (A dark deer passed off silently...)
Wanderer's Sleep ['The Wanderer', version 1] (Always the white night leans...)
Passion [version 1] (When Orpheus silverly stirs the lyre...)
Passion [version 2] (When Orpheus silverly stirs the lyre...)
['Limbo', version 1 of stanza 1] (By the edge of the forest...)
Occident [version 1a] (Decayed hamlets sank...)
Wanderings ['Occident', version 1b] (So quiet are the green forests ...)
Occident [version 2] (Decayed hamlets sank...)
Occident [version 3] (Moon, as if a dead shape...)
Along Walls ['In Darkness', version 1] (Never the golden countenance of spring...)
['Sleep', version 1] (Confidently you dark poisons...)
To ['The Homecoming', version 1; Autumnal Homecoming', version 1a] (The coolness of dark years...)
In Snow ['Surrender at Night', version 1] (Contemplate the truth...)
Sight ['Surrender at Night', version 2] (Since the autumn so red...)
To the Night ['Surrender at Night', version 3] (Monkess enclose me in your darkness...)
To the Night ['Surrender at Night', version 4] (Nymph draw me into your darkness...)

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Complexes of Poems and Fragments

 

The monk listens long to the dying bird...
Where the possessed stand by black walls...
Through black forehead the dead city goes awry...
Those sing the decline of the sinister city...
Where by walls the shadows of the ancestors stand...
Sinisterly a brown deer bleeds in the shrub...
Summer. In sunflowers yellow...
Far away the mother sat in the shadow of autumn...
Or when he a soft novice...
Childhood (What quietly walks under autumn's trees...)
A cross towers Elis...
Birth (Walk with the father...)
In Spring (Evening has become in the old garden...)
Night Transformation, Death and Soul (When I sank at the black hill...)
When the day sank K drove...
The homeless one turns...
At evening Münch awaked at the border of the forest...
In spring; a delicate corpse...
Nocturnal beeches; in the heart...
Snowy night! You dark sleepers...