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

Kleines Lied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Und werden wir uns nie besitzen,
so will ich Deinen Namen doch
ins Holz der Weltenesche schnitzen,
ein Zeugnis fernstem Volke noch.

So sollen tausend Herzen lesen,
die gern ein kleines Lied beglückt,
was Du dem Einsamen gewesen,
wie Du ihn innerlichst entzückt.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Little song", copyright © 2016
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Jamais nous ne nous posséderons", copyright © 2014, (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: 8
Word count: 43

Little song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Although we can never be together,
I will carve your name
Into the wood of the World Ash Tree 
As testimony to the most distant people.

So shall a thousand hearts, 
Who delight in a little song,
Read of what you meant to the lonely one:
How you enchanted him the most deeply.


  • 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: 8
Word count: 53