Eratosphere Forums - Metrical Poetry, Free Verse, Fiction, Art, Critique, Discussions Able Muse - a review of poetry, prose and art

Forum Left Top


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-07-2018, 11:11 AM
Susan McLean Susan McLean is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Iowa City, IA, USA
Posts: 7,635
Default Rilke, A Doge

A Doge
by Rainer Maria Rilke

The foreign envoys saw how miserly
they were with him and all his actions, for
while spurring him to great authority,
they hedged the golden dogeship round with more

and more restraints and watchdogs, out of fear
(like people who keep lions) lest they be
attacked by the same power that they were
maintaining warily in him. But he,

protected by his half-veiled wits, was not
cognizant of this and did not pause
in growing greater. What the Council thought

to overcome inside of him, instead
he overcame himself. In his gray head
it was subdued. His face showed how it was.

Ein Doge

Fremde Gesandte sahen, wie sie geizten
mit ihm und allem was er tat;
während sie ihn zu seiner Größe reizten,
umstellten sie das goldene Dogat

mit Spähern und Beschränkern immer mehr,
bange, daß nicht die Macht sie überfällt,
die sie in ihm (so wie man Löwen hält)
vorsichtig nährten. Aber er,

im Schutze seiner halbverhängten Sinne,
ward dessen nicht gewahr und hielt nicht inne,
größer zu werden. Was die Signorie

in seinem Innern zu bezwingen glaubte,
bezwang er selbst. In seinem greisen Haupte
war es besiegt. Sein Antlitz zeigte wie.

Literal translation:
A Doge

The foreign envoys saw how miserly
they were with him and everything he did;
while they spurred him on toward his greatness,
they surrounded the golden dogeship

with ever more lookouts and restraints,
fearful lest the power should attack them
that they (as one keeps lions)
warily nurtured in him. But he,

under cover of his half-concealed wits,
was not aware of this and did not pause in
becoming greater. What the Signoria

thought to overcome inside him,
he overcame himself. In his gray head
it was subdued. His face showed how.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Forum Right Top
Forum Left Bottom Forum Right Bottom
Right Left
Member Login
Forgot password?
Forum LeftForum Right

Forum Statistics:
Forum Members: 7,933
Total Threads: 19,587
Total Posts: 253,089
There are 130 users
currently browsing forums.
Forum LeftForum Right

Forum Sponsor:
Donate & Support Able Muse / Eratosphere
Forum LeftForum Right
Right Right
Right Bottom Left Right Bottom Right

Hosted by ApplauZ Online