Academic journal article TriQuarterly

She Speaks across the Years

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

She Speaks across the Years

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Translated and adapted from the German of Holderlin

"If having gone so far from one another On distant ways, if across all the ways And all the time you know me still who was Your partner in those days in all the sorrow, Then something after all is left of it all.

Where's she who loved you waiting for you now? Here in the Civic Garden, just as before, Here where in memory once again we're meeting, In the dusk, as before, and after all the sorrow, Beside the black original river flowing.

There were those moments, I remember there were those moments, When you, so closed up in yourself, were able, With me, to be, if just for a moment, less so. There was something good about that, for you, for me. The time went by as if there was no trouble.

I remember how you showed me all those places That though this was my country I had never Visited or seen as through your eyes, The open fields, and also the hidden places Looking from concealment out over the sea. …

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