by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Oh, there are eyes that he can see
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Oh, there are eyes that he can see,
      And hands to make his hands rejoice,
But to my lover I must be
      Only a voice.

Oh, there are breasts to bear his head,
      And lips whereon his lips can lie,
But I must be till I am dead
      Only a cry.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-06-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 51

Ach, Augen gibt’s, die er könnt' sehn
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ach, Augen gibt’s, die er könnt' sehn
und Hände, seine zu erfreun,
doch darf ich meinem Liebsten nichts
als Stimme sein.
Ach, Brüste gibt’s, drauf er könnt ruhn,
und Lippen, wo sein Mund könnt sein,
doch mir verbleibt, bis tot ich bin,
nur Weinen, Schrei’n.

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"A cry" = "Ein Weinen"
"Only a cry" = "Nur Weinen"


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This text was added to the website: 2021-03-11
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Word count: 45