‘Death Rapture’ by Joseph von Eichendorff

Death Rapture

Before he sinks in the blue floodwaters

The swan still dreams and sings drunken with death;

The flowers of a summer-weary earth fade,

She lets all her fire glow in the grapes;

The sun, showering sparks as it sinks,

Gives the earth one more time glowing fire to drink,

Until, star by star, wonderful night rises

To receive the drunken one.

translated by Diana Dachler and Fiona Cairns. 

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