by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

I dare not ask a kiss
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
I dare not ask a kiss,
    I dare not beg a smile,
Lest having that, or this,
    I might grow proud the while.

No, no, the utmost share
    Of my desire shall be
Only to kiss that air
    That lately kissed thee.

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  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , "An Elektra", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 42

An Elektra
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Küsse und Lächeln wag'
ich niemals zu erfleh'n.
Wär'n beide mein Ertrag,
würd' stolz indes ich geh'n.

So bleibt das schönste Los,
das meinem Durst gebührt,
den Hauch zu küssen bloß,
der jüngst dich hat berührt.


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This text was added to the website: 2007-05-03
Line count: 8
Word count: 36