by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Mein Herz ist leer
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Mein Herz ist leer,
Ich liebe dich 
nicht mehr.

Erfülle mich!
Ich rufe bitterlich 
nach dir.

Im Traume zeig 
dich mir
und neig 
dich zu mir her!

Erfülle mich
mit dir 
auf ewiglich!

Ich trag's nicht mehr. --
Ich liebe dich 
zu sehr.

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "My heart is empty", copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Mon cœur est vide", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 42

My heart is empty
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My heart is empty;
I love you
No more.

Fulfill me!
I cry out bitterly 
to you.

In my dreams, show
yourself to me
and lean
against me!

Fulfill me
With your [love] 
I can bear it no longer. --
I love you 
Too much.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2016 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-25
Line count: 16
Word count: 45