8. Dezember 2021

Trost / Solace

Foto: Peter Oberhofer
Lesedauer ca. < 1 Minute

Ein Gedicht von Theodor Fontane in deutscher und englischer Sprache.


Tröste dich, die Stunden eilen,
Und was all dich drücken mag,
Auch das Schlimmste kann nicht weilen,
Und es kommt ein andrer Tag.
In dem ew’gen Kommen, Schwinden,
Wie der Schmerz liegt auch das Glück,
Und auch heitre Bilder finden
Ihren Weg zu dir zurück.
Harre, hoffe. Nicht vergebens
Zählest du der Stunden Schlag:
Wechsel ist das Los des Lebens
Und – es kommt ein andrer Tag.


Take solace, the hours hasten,
And whatever may weigh you down,
Even the worst things cannot last,
And another day will dawn.
In life’s eternal coming and going,
Like pain, happiness also resides,
And moments of serenity will also
Find their way back to you.
Await, take hope. Not in vain
Do you count the striking of the hours:
Change is what life’s all about,
And another day will dawn.

“Sadly, due to Covid restrictions, we haven’t been able to get a face-to-face interview with a Newcomer for this issue. Let’s hope next time round.”

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Andrew and Sandra were both born in Scotland and both studied at the University of St Andrews, although they didn’t know each other then. Andrew is an English teaching professional with 40 years’ experience at school and University level. He has held seminars all over Europe and is still active in professional development for teachers and in related publishing. Andrew moved to Inzing from Innsbruck in 1998. He has worked in Austria for most of his working life. He is a great reader and has an impressive library. His other interests include classic cars and football. Sandra had a varied career as a manager in public services in the UK, finally specializing in Customer Service. She spent the last part of her working life as a freelance management consultant. She is also qualified to teach English and is a member of the Institute of Customer Service (UK). Her hobbies include gardening, hillwalking and cycling. She and Andrew married in August 2006 and Sandra moved to Inzing in 2011 when they built their house in Brechtenweg. Andrew and Sandra are members of the Inzing Freundeskreis für Integration and help to run a fortnightly Sprachcafé for newcomers. Andrew was a contributor to the Radio Enterbach project in 2009 and Andrew and Sandra now make two programmes for Freirad, Poetry Café and reading Circle (both in English). They are keen to ensure that the Dorfzeitung remains a meaningful and useful publication which offers something to everyone who lives in the village.

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