by Otto Julius Bierbaum (1865 - 1910)
Translation Singable translation by Hilda von Siller

Der Schmerz ist ein Schmied
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Der Schmerz ist ein Schmied,
[Sein]1 Hammer ist hart,
Von fliegenden Flammen
Ist heiß sein Heerd;
Seinen Blasebalg bläht
Ein stoßender Sturm
Von wilden Gewalten.
Er hämmert die Herzen
Und schweißt sie mit schweren
Und harten Hieben
Zu festem Gefüge.

Gut, gut schmiedet der Schmerz.

Kein Sturm zerstört,
Kein Frost zerfrißt,
Kein Rost zerreißt,
Was der Schmerz geschmiedet.

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Confirmed with Otto Julius Bierbaum Irrgarten der Liebe. Verliebte, launenhafte und moralische Lieder, Gedichte und Sprüche aus den Jahren 1885 bis 1900, erstes bis fuenftes Tausend, Berlin und Leipzig: Im Verlage der Insel bei Schuster und Loeffler, 1901, page 312.

1 von Horst: "Und sein"

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Line count: 16
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Schmied Schmerz
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Pain is a smith,
and his hammer is hard,
with flickering fire
his forge is hot.
And his bellows are blown
by a turbulent storm
of mad raging forces.
He hammers the hearts,
and welds them with mighty 
and heavy pounding
to forms firmly blended.

Hard, hard, welds he the heart.

No storm destroys,
no frost can kill,
no rust can corrupt,
what e'er pain has moulded.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2019-04-29
Line count: 16
Word count: 67