Dienstag, 28. Dezember 2010

Care-charming Sleep

Care-charming Sleep, thou easer of all woes,
Brother to Death, sweetly thyself dispose
On this afflicted prince ; fall like a cloud
In gentle showers; give nothing that is loud,
Or painful to his slumbers; easy, sweet,
And as a purling stream, thou son of Night,
Pass by his troubled senses; sing his pain,
Like hollow murmuring wind or silver rain;
Into this prince gently, oh, gently slide,
And kiss him into slumbers like a bride.
from ´ The Tragedy of Valentinian`

John Fletcher, 1579-1625

Donnerstag, 23. Dezember 2010

To see a world

To see a world
in a grain of sand
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.

William Blake:

Eine Welt zu sehn
in dem Körnchen Sand
Eine Welt zu sehn in dem Körnchen Sand,
einen Himmel in wilder Blume:
Halt' Unendlichkeit in der off'nen Hand
und die Ewigkeit einer Stunde.

Übersetzung: Walter A. Aue

Mittwoch, 15. Dezember 2010

Our lives

'Our lives
are like the course of the sun.
At the darkest moment
there is the promise
of daylight.'