Advent – A German Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

imageAdvent is a poem about Christmas by Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926).  Here you can listen to an mp3 of the original poem in German while reading along with the text.  After the poem you’ll find an English translation.

MP3 of Advent


Es treibt der Wind im Winterwalde
die Flockenherde wie ein Hirt
und manche Tanne ahnt, wie balde
sie fromm und lichterheilig wird,
und lauscht hinaus. Den weißen Wegen
streckt sie die Zweige hin, bereit
und wehrt dem Wind und wächst entgegen
der einen Nacht der Herrlichkeit.

English Translation

There in the wintry forest the wind blows 
a flock of snowflakes like a shepherd,
and many a fir-tree guesses how soon
it will be pious with holy lights,
and listens. Towards the white path
it stretches out its branches, ready,
and braving the wind and growing toward
that one Night of Glory.

Merry Christmas!

Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “Advent – A German Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke”

  1. Resi Schwarzbauer Says:

    I have a number of German poems on Advent, Christmas that I have translated into English. I also have a number of stories (translated from the German) on this website.
    The website also has a lot of craft activities that can be loaded down free of charge.

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