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Kleines Lied

Language: German (Deutsch)

Und werden wir uns nie besitzen,
so will ich Deinen Namen doch
ins Holz der Weltenesche schnitzen,
ein Zeugnis fernstem Volke noch.

So sollen tausend Herzen lesen,
die gern ein kleines Lied beglückt,
was Du dem Einsamen gewesen,
wie Du ihn innerlichst entzückt.

Translation(s): ENG FIN FRE

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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

Settings in other languages or adaptations:

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Little song", copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Jamais nous ne nous posséderons", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Little song

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Although we can never be together,
I will carve your name
Into the wood of the World Ash Tree 
As testimony to the most distant people.

So shall a thousand hearts, 
Who delight in a little song,
Read of what you meant to the lonely one:
How you enchanted him the most deeply.

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Text added to the website: 2016-12-25.
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