Julie, I have changed the title, since it was stumping people. It now is more gender-specific, as in the German. But Rilke isn't describing the women in groups. He is seeing one of them at a time, yet he emphasizes how similar they look and act. (This is one of the things I dislike about Rilke. He often sees other people as representative of a group, rather than seeing each one as an individual.) As I translate more and more of Rilke's poems, I am learning his tics. I can't say for sure that because he has never done a particular thing before, he won't do it. However, all writers have things they tend to do. In his upper-class courtesan poems, he often brings death into the picture, but not usually physical revulsion. I don't buy it when Rilke implies that the women are luring him, the onlooker. I think he has a morbid fascination with them, and he is trying to put the blame on them for it. Maybe he sees himself as being sarcastic when he describes their luring him. I don't pick up sarcasm from it, but it could be there.
Roger, you are sensing a revulsion that I pick up too in Rilke's portrayal of the old women. I don't have to understand why he feels as he does. For the purposes of the poem, I just have to pick up his signals and make of them what I can. I agree with you that he is being rather obscure here, and I am not sure that he himself understands why he finds these women fascinating.