by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Und gehest du über den Kirchhof
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Und geh[e]st du über den Kirchhof,
Da find'st du ein frisches Grab;
Da senkten sie mit Thränen
Ein schönes Herz hinab.

Und fragst du, woran's gestorben?
Kein Grabstein Antwort giebt;
Doch leise flüstern die [Lüftchen]1,
Es hatte zu heiß geliebt.

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1 Brahms: "Winde"


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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kelly Dean Hansen) , "If you go across the churchyard", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Als jij gaat over het kerkhof
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Als jij gaat over het kerkhof,
Dan vind je een spitvers graf;
Daar zonk men onder tranen
Een heel lief hart pas af.
En vraag je, hoe kwam 't te sterven?
Je nergens antwoord vindt;
Maar zachtjes fluist'ren de winden:
Het heeft al te zeer bemind!'

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