Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Gedanken sind Gestalten
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Gedanken sind Gestalten,
ich möchte sie euch malen,
doch etwas wird mich halten,
wer wird die Farben zahlen.

Die Farben mir im Herzen,
so heftig wild gerieben.
Die Farb in zarten Scherzen
durch Liebchens Wang getrieben.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Thoughts are figures", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Thoughts are figures
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Thoughts are figures,
I would like to paint them for you,
But something shall hold me back:
Who would pay for the paints.
The colours in my heart,
So wildly and violently ground,
The colour that, in delicate jesting,
Was driven through my darling’s cheeks.


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Text added to the website: 2016-05-18 00:00:00
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