The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke  
new translations by Cliff Crego
Rilke 1906

selections from
I   Das Buch der Bilder (1902)
   The Book of Images (1902)
II   Die Stimmen (1902)
   The Voices (1902)
III Das Stundenbuch (1899 - 1903)
 The Book of Hours (1899 - 1903)    
IV Neue Gedichte (1907 - 1908)
   New Poems (1907 - 1908)
V Uncollected Poems (1913 - 1923)


Aus unendlichen Sehnsüchten steigen
endliche Taten wie schwache Fontänen,
die sich zeitig und zitternd neigen.
Aber, die sich uns sonst verschweigen,
unsere fröhlichen kräfte—zeigen
sich in diesen tanzenden Tränen.

     Rainer Maria Rilke

Out of infinite longings rise
finite deeds like weak fountains,
falling back just in time and trembling.
And yet, what otherwise remains silent,
our happy energies—show themselves
in these dancing tears.

     (tr. Cliff Crego)

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"Straight roads,
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A collection of contemporary Dutch poetry
in English translation, with commentary
and photographs
by Cliff Crego

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