Translation © by Emily Ezust

O Herz, sey endlich stille!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
O Herz, sey endlich stille!
Was schlägst du so unruhvoll?
Es ist ja des Himmels Wille,
Daß ich sie lassen soll!

Und gab auch dein junges Leben
Dir nichts als Wahn und Pein;
Hat's ihr nur Freude gegeben,
So mag's verloren seyn!

Und wenn sie auch nie dein Lieben
Und nie dein Leiden verstand,
So bist du doch treu geblieben,
Und Gott hat's droben erkannt.

Wir wollen es muthig ertragen,
So lang nur die Thräne noch rinnt,
Und träumen von schöneren Tagen,
Die lange vorüber sind.

Und siehst du die Blüthen erscheinen,
Und singen die Vögel umher,
So magst du wohl heimlich weinen,
Doch klagen sollst du nicht mehr.

Gehn doch die ewigen Sterne
Dort oben mit goldenem Licht
Und lächeln so freundlich von ferne,
Und denken doch unser nicht.

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Confirmed with Ernst Schulze's sämmtliche poetische Schriften. Dritter Band. I. Poetisches Tagebuch. [...] Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1819, pages 121-122; and with Sämmtliche poetische Werke von Ernst Schulze. Neue Ausgabe mit sechszehn Kupfern. Dritter Theil. Leipzig: F. A. Brockhaus. 1822, pages 123-124.


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Tot mijn hart", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To my heart", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À mon cœur", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 130

To my heart
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 O my heart! be still already!
 Why are you pounding so savagely?
 It is the will of heaven
 that I should leave her.
 And if your young life gave you
 nothing but delusion and pain,
 it still gave her joy,
 so let it be lost! 
 And even if she never understood your love
 or your sorrow,
 you still remained faithful
 and God has recognized this.
 We mean to endure it courageously,
 so long as our tears can still flow;
 and we dream of better days
 that have long since passed.
 And if you see the flowers appearing
 and hear the birds singing about you,
 you may weep quietly,
 but there must be no more lamenting. 
 For the eternal stars still move
 up there with golden light
 and smile so kindly from afar;
 and yet they do not think about us at all.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 143