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Unglücklich Herz, und konnt' es sein

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Unglücklich Herz, und konnt' es sein,
    Daß deine Form in Stücke ging!
Da sie durch langer Jahre Reihn
    Getreulich mir am [Herzen]1 hing?
Doch Werth von dir hat jedes Stück,
    Weil du mein eigner Spiegel bist,
Denn jedes Stück zeigt mir ein Glück,
    Das einst, ach, war, und nicht mehr ist!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Lord Byron’s sämmtliche Werke. Nach den Anforderungen unserer Zeit neu übersetzt von Mehreren, Zweite unveränderte Ausgabe, Erster Band, Pforzheim: Verlag von Dennig Finck & Co., 1842, page 227.

1 Lang: "Busen"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "On a Cornelian Heart which was Broken", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-19.
Last modified: 2016-01-15 14:34:42
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Word count: 51

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On a Cornelian Heart which was Broken

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Unhappy heart, and could it be,
    That your form fell to pieces,
As it had, through a long row of years,
    Faithfully hung [upon my heart]1?
But every piece of you has value,
    Because you are the mirror of myself,
For every piece shows me a happiness
    That, ah, once was, but exists no longer!

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1 Lang: "at my breast"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2006 by Sharon Krebs, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Ernst Ortlepp (1800 - 1864), "Auf ein zerbrochenes Herz von Carneol" GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josephine Lang. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2006-04-20.
Last modified: 2016-01-15 14:35:23
Line count: 8
Word count: 55