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Die kleinen Lieder, die dem Herzen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die kleinen Lieder, die dem Herzen
Entspringen mit dem Tränenquell,
Sterne der Tränen mild und hell,
Geben noch Lindrung meinen [Schmerzen,]1
Schimmern durch meine Nächte hell.
Auch diesen Born seh' ich bald trocken,
Kalt und erstorben bald den Blick,
So Lied als Träne bleibt zurück
Im Herzen, dessen Pulse stocken,
Und [tot]2 ist auch das letzte Glück.
Grabt [dieses]3 Herz, mißkannt, verlassen,
Hin wo noch eine Blume blüht,
Ein Vogel durch die Lüfte zieht;
Die Blume wird dies Herz nicht hassen,
Der Vogel singt ihm noch ein Lied.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Kerners Werke, Zweiter Teil, Gedichte, ed. Raimund Pissin, Berlin, Leipzig, Wien, Stuttgart: Deutsches Verlagshaus Bong & Co., 1914, pages 167-168

1 In Lang's autograph the word is correct; however, in both of the copyist manuscripts the word is "Herzen," but correct ("Schmerzen") when the text is repeated.
2 Lang: "Tod"
3 Lang: "dies"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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The little songs that flow from the...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The little songs that flow from the heart
With the wellspring of tears,
Stars of tears mild and bright,
Still alleviate my [pain]1
And shimmer brightly through my nights.
I see that this wellspring too will soon run dry,
Soon my gaze will be cold and dead,
Thus song remains as a teardrop
In a heart, whose pulses halt,
And [dead is even this]2 last happiness.
Bury this heart, misunderstood, abandoned,
Where one flower still blooms,
[Where] a bird sails through the breezes;
The flower shall not hate this heart,
The bird shall still sing [this heart] a song.

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Translated titles:
"Letztes" = "Last remnant"
"Letzter Trost" = "Final consolation"

1 In Lang's autograph the word is correct; however, in both of the copyist manuscripts the word is what could be translated "heart," but correct (what would be translated "pain") when the text is repeated.
2 Lang: "death is also the"


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