by Georg Friedrich Daumer (1800 - 1875)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Bitteres zu sagen denkst du
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Persian (Farsi) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
[Bitteres]1 zu sagen denkst du;
Aber nun und nimmer kränkst du,
Ob du noch so böse bist.
Deine herben Redetaten
Scheitern an korall'ner Klippe,
Werden all zu reinen Gnaden,
Denn sie müssen, um zu schaden,
Schiffen über eine Lippe,
Die die Süße selber ist.

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1 Wolff: "Bitteres mir"

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "You are thinking of something bitter to say", copyright ©
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Bitt're taal te spreken denk je", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2003-11-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
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You are thinking of something bitter to say
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You are thinking of something bitter to say [to me]
But neither now nor ever might you cause offence,
Although you are so angry.
Your sharp speech
Founders on coral rocks,
And becomes pure grace,
For it must, in order to cause shame,
Sail over a pair of lips
Which is Sweetness itself.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website: 2003-11-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:58
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Word count: 53