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Warum ich wieder zum Papier mich wende?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Warum ich wieder zum Papier mich wende?
   Das mußt du, Liebster, so bestimmt nicht fragen:
   Denn eigentlich hab' ich dir nichts zu sagen;
   Doch kommt's zuletzt in deine lieben Hände.
Weil ich nicht kommen kann, soll was ich sende,
   Mein ungetheiltes Herz hinüber tragen
   Mit Wonnen, Hoffnungen, Entzücken, Plagen:
   Das alles hat nicht Anfang, hat nicht Ende.
Ich mag vom heut'gen Tag dir nichts vertrauen,
   Wie sich im Sinnen, Wünschen, Wähnen, Wollen
   Mein treues Herz zu dir hinüber wendet:
So stand ich einst vor dir, dich anzuschauen
   Und sagte nichts. Was hätt' ich sagen sollen?
   Mein ganzes Wesen war in sich vollendet.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Goethe's Gedichte, Erster Theil, Neue Auflage, Stuttgart und Tübingen: in der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1829, page 259

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-04-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-06-02 10:15:49

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