Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Gebet an das Leben
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Gewiß, so liebt ein Freund den Freund
wie ich dich liebe, rätselvolles Leben!
Ob ich in dir gejauchzt, geweint, 
ob du mir Leid, ob du mir Lust gegeben, 
ich liebe dich mit deinem Glück und Harme,
und wenn du mich vernichten mußt, 
entreiße ich schmerzvoll mich deinem Arme,
gleich wie der Freund der Freundesbrust.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Prayer to Life", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Prayer to Life
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Truly, thus a friend loves a friend
As I love you, enigmatic life!
Whether I rejoiced in you, wept,
Whether you brought me sorrow, whether you brought me joy,
I love you with your happiness and grief,
And when you must destroy me,
I shall tear myself painfully from your arms,
Just as a friend [tears himself] from the bosom of a friend.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-12-10
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