Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Oft schlägt das Menschenherz so schwer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Oft schlägt das Menschenherz so schwer,
Wenn hell die Lerche schlägt.
Nur frisch mit auf, Du Herz, denn Er
Hat dich an's Herz gelegt.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Fridr. Baron de la Motte-Fouqué, Zweyter Theil, Neueste Auflage, Wien: Bey B. Ph. Bauer, 1818, page 57


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "A human heart often beats", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-01
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A human heart often beats
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
A human heart often beats so heavily,
When the lark sings brightly.
Only rise up sprightly along [with the lark], you heart, for He
Has placed you upon His heart.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-02-01
Line count: 4
Word count: 30