This is the autumn: it — just breaks your heart!

19 Oct

A poem by Nietzsche published in 1884, and the original draft written in 1877.

Antoon Van Welie, Douleur, 1895

In German November

This is the autumn: it — just breaks your heart!
Fly away! fly away! —
The sun crawls along the mountain
And rises and rises
And rests with every step.
How the world became so withered!
Upon worn, strained threads
The wind plays its song.
Hope fled —
He soughs to her.

This is the autumn: it — just breaks your heart.
Fly away! fly away!
Oh fruit of the tree,
Shaken, you fall?
What lone secret did the night
Teach you,
That icy horror upon your cheeks,
Upon your crimson cheeks? —

You are silent, do not answer?
Who still speaks? — —

This is the autumn: it — just breaks your heart.
Fly away! fly away! —
“I’m not beautiful”
— That’s what the starflower says —
“But I love people
And I comfort people —
They should see flowers now,
Bend down to me
Alas! and break me —
Memory then shines
In their eyes,
Memory of things more beautiful than I: —
— I see it, I see it — and thus die.” —

This is the autumn: it — just breaks your heart!
Fly away! fly away!

Translation and the German original both found here.

6 Responses to “This is the autumn: it — just breaks your heart!”

  1. Upside-down Land 19th Oct 2020 at 4:03 pm #

    Thank you for the poem and the image.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. thefugitivestag 19th Oct 2020 at 5:31 pm #

    Delighted to see you quoting a poem of The Sage x

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Frank Hudson 22nd Oct 2020 at 5:19 pm #

    Never thought of Nietzsche as a poet. And now I’m aware of that, thanks to you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Byron's Muse 22nd Oct 2020 at 6:51 pm #

      Neither have I! But now I read many other of his poems and they are great.

      Like

  4. smilla72 24th Oct 2020 at 9:13 am #

    Hi. I love that picture by Van Welie. Thanks for this poem. Nietzsche was not only a great philosopher but a « Sprachkünstler » without compare.

    Liked by 1 person

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