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Language: German (Deutsch)

Will keine Freude dich erquicken,
Verzehrt das Herz dir Gram und Pein,
Dann schau mit den umflorten Blicken
In deines Kindes Aug' hinein!

In seine Tiefen wird versinken
Der Erde tausendfaches Leid;
Aus ihm wird dir ein Engel winken,
Der Friede deiner Kinderzeit.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Georg Scherer, vierte, vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Wien: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1894, page 5

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The eyes of a child", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2012-06-27.
Last modified: 2017-07-21 19:30:49
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The eyes of a child

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

If there is no joy to refresh you,
If your heart is being consumed by misery and pain,
Then with your shrouded gaze look
Into the eyes of your child!

In their depths shall sink away
The thousandfold sorrow of the world;
From them an angel shall beckon to you,
The peace of your childhood.

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Text added to the website: 2017-08-25.
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