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Kann ich im Herzen heiße Wünsche tragen?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Kann ich im [Herzen]1 heiße Wünsche tragen?
Dabei des Lebens Blüthenkränze sehn,
Und unbekränzt daran vorüber gehn,
Und [muß ich traurend nicht in mir]2 verzagen?

Soll frevelnd ich dem liebsten Wunsch entsagen?
Soll muthig ich zum Schattenreiche gehn?
Um andre Freuden andre Götter flehn,
Nach neuen Wonnen bei den Todten fragen?

Ich stieg hinab, doch auch in Plutons Reichen,
[Im Schooß der Nächte]3, brennt der Liebe Glut
Daß sehnend Schatten sich zu Schatten neigen.

Verlohren ist wen Liebe nicht beglücket,
[Und stieg er auch]4 hinab zur styg'schen Flut,
Im Glanz der Himmel blieb er unentzücket.

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Diepenbrock: "Busen"
2 Diepenbrock: "trauernd so nicht in mir selbst"
3 Diepenbrock: " In Orkus' Dunkel"
4 Diepenbrock: "Er wallt umsonst"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Love everywhere", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Love everywhere

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Is it possible for me to carry ardent wishes in my [heart]1?
[And] in so doing, to see life's wreaths of blossoms,
And walk past them without also receiving a wreath,
[And must I not, sorrowing, grow despondent with myself]?2

Shall I commit the outrage of denying the dearest wish?
Shall I courageously descend into the realm of shadows?
[Shall I] beseech other gods for other joys,
[Shall I] ask among the dead for new pleasures?

I descended, but even in Pluto's dominions,
[In the depth of night]3, the glow of love burns
Such that shadows incline themselves longingly toward [other] shadows.

Lost is he who is not blessed by love,
[And even if he descended]4 to the River Styx,
In the glory of the heavens he would remain without rapture.

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Diepenbrock's title: "Is it possible for me to carry ardent wishes in my breast?"
1 Diepenbrock: "breast"
2 Diepenbrock: "And must I not, sorrowing, grow despondent within myself"
3 Diepenbrock: "In the darkness of the underworld"
4 Diepenbrock: "He descends in vain"


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