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Manche, des Todes, entstand ruhig geordnete Regel

Set by Erik Janson (b. 1967) , no title, 2008 [soprano and violoncello], from Fragmente nach Rilke, no. 3. [
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Töten ist eine Gestalt unseres wandernden Trauerns... Rein ist im heiteren Geist, was an uns selber geschieht.
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Wolle die Wandlung. O sei für die Flamme begeistert, 
[drin sich ein Ding dir entzieht, das mit Verwandlungen prunkt;]1
jener entwerfende Geist, welcher das Irdische meistert, 
liebt in dem Schwung der Figur nichts wie den wendenden Punkt. 

Was sich ins Bleiben verschließt, schon ists das Erstarrte; 
[wähnt es sich sicher im Schutz des unscheinbaren Grau's? 
Warte, ein Härtestes warnt aus der Ferne das Harte. 
Wehe -: abwesender Hammer holt aus! ]1

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

    * ENG English [singable] (T. P. Perrin) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Désire la transformation", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
1 omitted by Janson.

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani