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Ich möcht' es mir selber verschweigen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich möcht' es mir selber verschweigen,
Wie du mein Alles bist,
Wie ohne dich dies Leben
Nicht mehr zu denken ist.
Ich möcht' es mir selber verschweigen,
Wie sich mein ganzes Sein
In jeder Stunde wendet
Nach deinem Sonnenschein.
Ich möcht' es mir selber verschweigen,
Was alle Welt erlauscht,
Wovon die Quelle murmelt,
Wovon die Linde rauscht.--
Wie aber kann ich's verschweigen,
Da du zu jeder Frist
Mein höchstes Denken und Sinnen,
Da du mein Alles bist.--

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Max Jähns, Ein Jahr der Jugend. Gedichte von Max Jähns, Dresden: Druck der National-Lotterie-Buchdruckereien von E. Blochmann u. S. und J. Ernst,, [1861], page 90.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "I would like to conceal from myself", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-06-01.
Last modified: 2018-10-11 07:28:16
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Word count: 77

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I would like to conceal from myself

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

I would like to conceal from myself
How you are everything to me,
How without you this life
Is no longer thinkable.
I would like to conceal from myself
How my entire being
At every hour turns
Toward your sunshine.
I would like to conceal from myself
What all the world has overheard,
What the springs murmur,
What the linden tree soughs.
But how can I conceal it,
When you at every moment
[Are] my highest thinking and meditation,
When you are everything to me[?]

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Text added to the website: 2011-06-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:24
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Word count: 85