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Herbsttag (2010)

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Herr: es ist Zeit. Der Sommer war sehr groß
Leg deinen Schatten auf die Sonnenuhren,
und auf den Fluren laß die Winde los.
Befiehl den letzten Früchten voll zu sein;
gieb ihnen noch zwei südlichere Tage,
dränge sie zur Vollendung hin und jage
die letzte Süße in den schweren Wein.
Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr.
Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben,
wird wachen, lesen, lange Briefe schreiben
und wird in den Alleen hin und her
unruhig wandern, wenn die Blätter treiben.

Autumn Day

Lord: it is time. The summer was immense.
Now fold your shadows over the sundials,
And on the meadows let the wind blow free.
Command the final fruits to swell in full
Grant them yet two further, balmy days,
Urge them on to fulfilment and press to extract
The final sweetness into heavy wine.
He who has no home now, will build no more.
He who is alone now will remain alone.
Will watch, read, write lengthy letters
And in the avenues will wander here and there
Restlessly, as the leaves are blowing.

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Stephen Andrew Gill Hough, CBE is a British-born classical pianist, composer and writer. 

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René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is "widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets".He wrote both verse and highly lyrical prose. Several critics have described Rilke's work as inherently "mystical". His writings include one novel, several collections of poetry and several volumes of correspondence in which he invokes haunting images that focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude and profound anxiety. These deeply existential themes tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist writers.

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