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Du kahler Dornenstrauß
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Du [kahler Dornenstrauß]1
Machst meinen Reichthum aus,
    Bring' mir entschwund'nes Glück
        Zurück, zurück! 

Einst war die Zeit wohl da,
Wo ich die Rose sah,
    Aus deiner Blätter Grün
        Voll Reiz erblüh'n; --

Bist nun gleich kahl und dürr,
Bleibst du doch theuer mir,
    Press' dich in stiller Lust
        Fest an die Brust.

Mein Herz! o klage nicht,
Wenn wund der Dorn dich sticht,
    Denk' an der Rose Zeit,
        Die dich erfreut'! --

M. Hinrichs sets stanzas 1, 2, 4

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Confirmed with Feierstunden für Freunde der Kunst, Wissenschaft und Literatur, Jahr 1834, No. 64, Mittwoch, den 26. February 1834, pages 598-599.

1 Hinrichs: "welker Dornenstrauch"


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  • by Marie Hinrichs (1828 - 1891), "Du welker Dornenstrauch", op. 1 (Neun Gesänge) no. 1, published 1846, stanzas 1,2,4 [voice and piano], Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Word count: 70

You leafless bouquet of thorns
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You [leafless bouquet of thorns]1
Are the sum total of my wealth,
    My vanished happiness -- bring it
        Back, back!

Once there was a time
When I saw the rose
    From out of the green of your leaves
       Blossoming forth full of charm; --

Though you are now leafless and dried out,
You remain dear to me,
    In quiet joy I press you
        Firmly to my breast.

My heart! oh do not lament
When the thorn pricks and wounds you,
    Think about the time of the rose
        That gladdened you!

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Translations of title(s):
"Der Dornenstrauß" = "The bouquet of thorns"
"Du welker Dornenstrauch" = "You wilted thorn bush"

1 Hinrichs: "wilted thorn bush"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-03-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 88