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Danish to English: New Year (poem by Tom Kristensen) General field: Art/Literary Detailed field: Poetry & Literature Source text - Danish Nytår (Tom Kristensen)
Nu hører jeg klokkerne ude omkring
og standser min tanke som foran et spring.
Hvornår vil det komme, det kommende år?
Det kommer! Men nu? Eller nu? Eller når?
Jeg ser gennem ruden mod lygternes by
og venter, hver lygte skal blive som ny.
Jeg venter, at nytår vil komme som blæst
og rense min by til en skinnende fest.
Jeg synes, usynligt kan ingenting ske.
Jeg ventet hvert år at få året at se.
Men inden jeg rejste min tanke til spring,
var året fornyet i alting omkring.
Det gamle usynlige år kom i skred
og styrtede lydløst intet sted ned.
I tidernes dyb er der aldrig lydt,
og gammelt fortrænges i tavshed af nyt.
Og lygterne står der i skinnende vejr
med stadig et gult uforanderligt skær,
og blæsten er gammel, og regnen på jord
er faldet med bygen, som øste i fjor.
Den malmtunge klokke begyndte sit slag
i går for at nå til det tolvte i dag.
Jeg hører bestandig, at klokken slår,
som var det et ekko fra forrige år.
Translation - English New Year (Tom Kristensen, tr. PH)
I’m hearing the bells of the neighborhood ring,
and I halt my thoughts, getting ready to spring.
When will the coming year come in, then?
It’s coming! But now? Or now? Or when?
I look through the window at lamps of the town
and wait for each lamp to become new again.
I wait for the new year to bring a wind blast
and to cleanse my town for a shining feast.
I feel nothing happens unseen down here.
I waited each year to see the new year.
But before I could gather my thoughts to spring,
the year all around was renewed in all things.
It started to slide, the old unseen year,
and tumbled noiselessly down nowhere.
In the depths of time it is never loud;
the new comes in silence as the old is pushed out.
And the lamps stand about in the shining air
with always a yellow, unchanging glare,
and the wind is old, and the rain down here
fell with the storm that was raging last year.
The past day started the bronze-tongued bell
ringing to bring in this day at twelve.
I keep on hearing the big bell sing
as if it were echoing last year’s ring.
Master's degree - Johns Hopkins University Years of experience: 41. Registered at ProZ.com: Jul 2012. N/A N/A N/A N/A Grisunge endorses ProZ.com's Professional Guidelines (v1.1).
I’ve been a full-time translator since the summer of 1980. Before that, I was a teacher of German, Humanities, and introductory Linguistics. I have published a few poems of my own, some humorous, in various little magazines, as well as a few translations of poems, mostly from German or Spanish, and a few articles about language learning, translation, and related topics.
I translate into English from German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish; and also from Russian and Italian; and occasionally from other Slavic languages. I also review the work of other translators.
My hobbies include humor (laughing at other people’s humor, and attempting, often unsuccessfully, to make other people laugh); and obsessing over the weather and my health.
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