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Das Geheimnis

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wo blüht das Blümchen, das nie verblüht?
Wo strahlt das Sternlein, das ewig glüht?
Dein Mund, o Muse! dein heil'ger Mund
Tu' mir das Blümchen und Sternlein kund.

"Verkünden kann es dir nicht mein Mund,
Macht es dein Innerstes dir nicht kund!
Im Innersten glühet und blüht es zart,
Wohl jedem, der es getreu bewahrt!"

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Submitted by Pilar Lirio


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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Het geheim", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The secret", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Le secret", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The secret

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Where does a flower bloom that never wilts?
 Where does a star shine that glows eternally?
 Your lips, my Muse! your sacred lips
 give tidings of this flower and this star.
 "My lips can proclaim nothing
 that your innermost feelings do not already declare!
 [This star and this flower] will glow and bloom tenderly in
 the soul of anyone who preserves them faithfully!"

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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