Translation by Franz Theremin (1780 - 1846)

Were my bosom as false as thou deem'st it to be
Language: English 
Were my bosom as false as thou deem'st it to be,
I need not have wander'd from far Galilee;
It was but abjuring my creed to efface
The curse which, thou say'st, is the crime of my race.

If the bad never triumph, then God is with thee!
If the slave only sin, thou art spotless and free!
If the Exile on earth is an Outcast on high,
Live on in thy faith, but in mine I will die.

I have lost for that faith more than thou canst bestow,
As the God who permits thee to prosper doth know;
In his hand is my heart and my hope - and in thine
The land and the life which for him I resign.

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Wär' ich wirklich so falsch?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wär' ich wirklich so falsch, als der Irrtum es glaubt,
  Was käm' von so fern' ich, der Heimat beraubt?
Was entsagt' ich dem Glauben nicht? Dies wär' genug, 
  Zu lösen den auf uns geworfenen Fluch.

Wenn der Böse nie siegt, dann mag Gott mit dir sein,
  Wenn der Sklave nur sündigt, bist freilich du rein.
Du sagst, daß auch droben Verbannung mir dräu':
  So leb' deinem Glauben, ich sterbe getreu.

Was ich gab für den Glauben, wo fänd' ich's bei dir?
  Der Gott, der dir Macht ließ, bezeuget es mir.
In ihm ruht mein Herz und mein hoffender Sinn;
  Mein Land und mein Leben, ich geb' es dir hin.

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


Researcher for this text: Thomas Jaenicke

This text was added to the website: 2004-07-05
Line count: 12
Word count: 109