by Georg Scherer (1824 - 1909)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Schied auch die Muschel lange schon
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Schied auch die Muschel lange schon 
Vom Meer, das ihre Heimat war --
In ihrer Tiefe rauscht ein Ton 
Wie Meeresheimweh immerdar. 

Und kann auch nie ein Herz zurück 
Zum Herzen, dran es selig lag -- 
Es singt von dem verlornen Glück 
Noch bis zu seinem letzten Schlag.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Georg Scherer, vierte, vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Berlin, Wien: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 1894, page 225


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Though the shell may long have departed
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Though the shell may long have departed
From the sea, which was its home --
In its depths there ever sounds a tone
Like homesickness for the sea.

And though a heart can never return
To the heart upon which it rested blissfully --
It shall still sing of the lost happiness
Until its last beat.

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Translations of title(s):
"Heimweh" = "Homesickness"
"Schied auch die Muschel" = "Though the shell departed"


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