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When the heart is hard and parched up

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

When the heart is hard and parched up, 
come upon me with a shower of mercy.

When grace is lost from life, 
come with a burst of song.

When tumultuous work raises its din 
on all sides shutting me out from beyond, 
come to me, my lord of silence, 
with thy peace and rest.

When my beggarly heart sits crouched, 
shut up in a corner, 
break open the door, my king, 
and come with the ceremony of a king.

When desire blinds the mind with delusion and dust, 
O thou holy one, thou wakeful, 
come with thy light and thy thunder.

Translation(s): GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:06
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Und wenn mein Herz verhärtet und...

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Und wenn mein Herz verhärtet und verdorrt,
komm über mich und gieße deine Gnade aus.

Wenn Gnad’ und Huld mir aus dem Leben schwand,
dann komm mit Sang und Liedern über mich.

Wenn Lärm der Arbeit dröhnend mich umgibt
und Stille mir ins Herz nicht lässt,
dann tritt zu mir, du Herr der Stille, 
mit deinem Frieden, deiner Ruh.

Und wenn mein bettelnd Herz 
in einer Ecke kauert, weggesperrt,
dann brich, mein König, auf das Tor
und komm zu mir in königlicher Pracht.

Wenn Lust mit Trug und Geld die Seele blendet,
dann tritt herfür, du Heiliger, du Wachsamer, 
und komm mit deinem Blitz und Donner.

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  • Translation from English to German (Deutsch) copyright © 2014 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2014-05-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:33
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