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Das Herz

Language: German (Deutsch)

Das Herz ist doch ganz seltsam,
Auf Erden nichts ihm gleicht.
Wenn Viele drinnen wohnen,
Dann ist und bleibt es leicht!
Doch hatt's für einen Einz'gen
Nur Raum -- und wird es leer,
Dann ist das arme Herze
Auf einmal centnerschwer!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with J. Burg, “Das Herz”, in: Fliegende Blätter , Band XCII, Nro. 2332, 1890, page 128

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The heart", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-01-04.
Last modified: 2016-01-04 12:59:00
Line count: 8
Word count: 40

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The heart

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The heart is really quite peculiar,
There is nothing like it on earth.
When many dwell therein,
It is and remains light!
But if for a single person alone
It has room -- and it becomes empty,
Then the poor heart is
Suddenly as heavy as lead.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by J. Burg , "Das Herz"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Hans Hermann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-01-04.
Last modified: 2016-01-04 12:59:16
Line count: 8
Word count: 46