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Beauty

Language: English

Say not of Beauty she is good,
Or aught but beautiful,
Or sleek to doves' wings of the wood
Her wild wings of a gull.

Call her not wicked; that word's touch
Consumes her like a curse;
But love her not too much, too much,
For that is even worse.

O, she is neither good nor bad,
But innocent and wild!
Enshrine her and she dies, who had
The hard heart of a child.


Translation(s): GER

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Bertram Kottmann , "Schönheit", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission by Gary Bachlund.

Text added to the website: 2008-08-31.
Last modified: 2016-12-27 13:58:18
Line count: 12
Word count: 74

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Schönheit

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Dass Schönheit gut ist, sage nicht,
nur dass sie schön ist, sag,
noch dass es Möwen je gebricht
an Täubchens Flügelschlag.

Nenn' sie nicht böse; dieses Wort,
ein Fluch ist's, der verzehrt;
doch lieb' sie nicht in einem fort,
zuviel der Lieb' beschwert.

Sie'st weder gut' noch schlechter Art,
nur wild und ohne Sünd'!
Vergött're sie: Dann stirbt sie, hart
von Herzen wie ein Kind.


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Submitted by Bertram Kottmann

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Text added to the website: 2011-02-06.
Last modified: 2016-12-27 13:56:35
Line count: 12
Word count: 65