A Death-Scene von Emily Brontë in Hauptsache Lyrik

A Death-Scene

1. ‘O Day! he cannot die
When thou so fair art shining!
O Sun, in such a glorious sky,
So tranquilly declining;

2. ‘He cannot leave thee now,
While fresh west winds are blowing,
And all around his youthful brow
Thy cheerful light is glowing!

3. ‘Edward, awake, awake-
The golden evening gleams
Warm and bright on Arden’s lake-
Arouse thee from thy dreams!

4. ‘Beside thee, on my knee,
My dearest friend! I pray
That thou, to cross the eternal sea,
Wouldst yet one hour delay:

5. ‘I hear its billows roar-
I see them foaming high;
But no glimpse of a further shore
Has blest my straining eye.

6. ‘Believe not what they urge
Of Eden isles beyond;
Turn back, from that tempestuous surge,
To thy own native land.

7. ‘It is not death, but pain
That struggles in thy breast-
Nay, rally, Edward, rouse again;
I cannot let thee rest!’

8. One long look, that sore reproved me
For the woe I could not bear-
One mute look of suffering moved me
To repent my useless prayer:

9. And, with sudden check, the heaving
Of distraction passed away;
Not a sign of further grieving
Stirred my soul that awful day.

10. Paled, at length, the sweet sun setting;
Sunk to peace the twilight breeze:
Summer dews fell softly, wetting
Glen, and glade, and silent trees.

11. Then his eyes began to weary,
Weighed beneath a mortal sleep;
And their orbs grew strangely dreary,
Clouded, even as they would weep.

12. But they wept not, but they changed not,
Never moved, and never closed;
Troubled still, and still they ranged not-
Wandered not, nor yet reposed!

13. So I knew that he was dying-
Stooped, and raised his languid head;
Felt no breath, and heard no sighing,
So I knew that he was dead.

Emily Brontë

Die schöne Cassandra von Jane Austen

2012 erschien die Sammlung der gesammelten Jugendwerke von Jane Austen erstmals auf Deutsch – in der mir sehr vertrauten Übersetzung von Christian und Ursula Grawe (ich bin mit den Reclambändchen der Werke Austens sozialisiert).

Die Texte entstanden in der Teenagerzeit von Jane Austen, zwischen 1786 und 1793 und dienten der abendlichen Unterhaltung im Familien- und Freundeskreis. Insgesamt 27 Werkchen – im Umfang zwischen einer halben Seite und einer Novelle von ca. 50 Seiten – hat Jane Austen offensichtlich selber zusammengetragen, denn sie finden sich in drei Heften, säuberlich geschrieben und mit „Band 1-3“ bezeichnet, sorgfältig aufbewahrt. Ja, die Hefte wurden sogar regelgerecht vererbt – sie kamen im Testament vor.

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