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

Unsere Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Diese Rose von heimlichen Küssen schwer:
Sieh, das ist unsre Liebe.
Unsre Hände reichen sie hin und her,
unsre Lippen bedecken sie mehr und mehr
mit Worten und Küssen sehnsuchtsschwer,
unsre Seelen grüßen sich hin und her -
wie über ein Meer - - wie über ein Meer - - -
Diese Rose vom Duft unsrer Seelen schwer:
sieh, das ist unsre Liebe.


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Our love", copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-07-05
Line count: 9
Word count: 63

Our love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
This rose, rich with furtive kisses: 
Look: this is our love.
Our hands pass it back and forth,
Our lips cover it more and more
With words and kisses rich with longing;
Our souls greet each other, back and forth -
As if across an ocean -- as if across an ocean --
This rose, rich with the fragrance of our souls:
Look, this is our love.


  • 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: 9
Word count: 65