by Hans Bötticher (1883 - 1934), as Joachim Ringelnatz
Translation © by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947)

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Freude soll nimmer schweigen.
Freude soll offen sich zeigen.
Freude soll lachen, glänzen und singen.
Freude danken ein Leben lang.
Freude soll dir die Seele durchschauern.
Freude soll weiterschwingen.
Freude soll dauern
Ein Leben lang.


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  • ENG English (Gary Bachlund) , "Joy", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Joy shall never be silent.
Joy shall frankly display itself.
Joy shall laugh, shine and sing.
Joy shall be thankful throughout a life.
Joy shall open to you the soul.
Joy shall linger long.
Joy shall abide
Through a lifetime.


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