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    Post Need translation help!

    It's a poem (or part of a poem) by Goethe that is in the beginning to Decline of the West. Here it is:

    Wenn im Unendlichen dasselbe
    Sich wiederholend ewig fliesst,
    Das tausendfältige Gewölbe
    sich kräftig ineinander schliesst;
    Strömt Lebenslust aus allen Dingen,
    Dem kleinsten wie dem grössten Stern,
    Und alles Drängen, alles Ringen
    Ist ewige Ruh im Gott dem Herrn.

    I would share with you my attempt at a translation of this, but I'd hate to butcher Goethe and incur the wrath of you Germans
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    Post Re: Need help translating!!!

    I wouldn't be ashamed of attempting translation. I'm sure I'm not presumptuous when I say that Germans are more patient and understanding than that! Any attempt is worth some merit.

    I have made a semi-literal prose translation as a preliminary attempt to understand the poem:

    If in Infinity the Self flows forever in tautology, the thousandfold arch with force intercloses; the love for life surges out of all things
    out of the smallest as out of the biggest star, and all pressure, all struggle
    is eternal rest in the Lord God.

    a tolerable poem, as poetry, would require some changes:

    If in Infinity the Self forever flows
    Repeated endlessly in endless repitition
    So arch the sure and numberless porticoes
    Upon themselves with force and impartition;
    From everything out-surges love for life,
    From vastest star as from minutest kernel
    And every pressure, agony and strife
    Is in the Lord our God but rest eternal.


    Quote Originally Posted by Joe000
    It's a poem (or part of a poem) by Goethe that is in the beginning to Decline of the West. Here it is:

    Wenn im Unendlichen dasselbe
    Sich wiederholend ewig fliesst,
    Das tausendfältige Gewölbe
    sich kräftig ineinander schliesst;
    Strömt Lebenslust aus allen Dingen,
    Dem kleinsten wie dem grössten Stern,
    Und alles Drängen, alles Ringen
    Ist ewige Ruh im Gott dem Herrn.

    I would share with you my attempt at a translation of this, but I'd hate to butcher Goethe and incur the wrath of you Germans

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    Re: Need help translating!!!

    If through infinity the same
    thing flows, eternally repeating,
    if an arch, though manifold, can mightily
    hold itself together,
    If all things pour out lust for life,
    the smallest and the biggest stars,
    Yet all this striving, all this struggle
    Is eternal peace in God the Lord.


    Hope this is of use for you
    Rene

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    AW: Need help translating!!!

    Brother Google is the best translator!

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