by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Das Meer hat seine Perlen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Das Meer hat seine Perlen,
Der Himmel hat seine Sterne,
Aber mein Herz, mein Herz,
Mein Herz hat seine Liebe.

Groß ist das Meer und der Himmel,
Doch größer ist mein Herz,
Und schöner als Perlen und Sterne
Leuchtet und strahlt meine Liebe.

Du kleines, junges Mädchen,
Komm an mein großes Herz;
Mein Herz und das Meer und der Himmel
Vergehn vor lauter Liebe.

R. Franz sets stanzas 1-2

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  • Also set in English, a translation by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882) , "The sea hath its pearls", appears in The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems, first published 1846 FRE FRE ; composed by Bruce Adolphe, Robert Earle Anderson, Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, Michael William Balfe, W. Biermann, John W. Bischoff, Henry Bond, William Borrow, Johannes Braunschiedl, Henry Burck, Cecil Burleigh, Carl Reinhold Busch, Luigi Caracciolo, Frederick Scotson Clark, George Howard Clutsam, T. H. Cooperson, David John Coutts, Ellen Cowdell, Frederic Hymen Cowen, Sir, John David Davis, Herbert C. Deavin, H. A. Donald, Robert S. Flagler, James Cliffe Forrester, Tom Harrison Frewin, Rudolph Ganz, Robert Goldbeck, Charles Gounod, Mrs. M. H. Gulesian, Percy Harmon, Cuthbert Harris, Bertram C. Henry, Joseph Charles Holbrooke, Helen Hopekirk, Oliver A. King, Victor Kolar, F. Lichner, Samuel Liddle, Clarence Lucas, Walter Cecil Macfarren, William Mairhofer, Jessie Miller, Osma C. Morrill, Cecile Neuhaus, Joseph Edward Newell, George Stephenson Oldham, J. Herbert Olding, John A. O'Shea, James Cutler Dunn Parker, C. Pavesi, Elizabeth Philp, Ciro Ercole Pinsuti, Il Cavaliere, William Prendergast, Olga V. Radecke, Alfred Redhead, Le Roy Mitchell Rile, Herbert Sanders, Frank E. Sawyer, Vernon Spencer, Thomas Edward Spinney, Julius Sprenger, Svengali, Berthold Tours, Charles John Vincent, Jr., Ida Walter, Samuel Prowse Warren, Maude Valérie White, Ernest Whyte, J. J. Wickham, Benjamin E. Woolf, Vernon O. Wright.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by (Paul) Jules Barbier (1825 - 1901) ENG ENG ENG ENG ; composed by Charles Gounod.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Émile Blémont (1839 - 1927) ENG ENG ENG ENG ; composed by Sylvio Lazzari, né Josef Fortunat Silvester Lazzari.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Abel Nathan ENG ENG ENG ENG ; composed by Abel Nathan.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Bernardino Zendrini (1839 - 1879) ENG ENG ENG ENG FRE FRE ; composed by Leopoldo Govenini.

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The ocean hath its pearls
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The ocean hath its pearls,
The heaven hath its stars,
But oh, my heart, my heart,
My heart hath its love.

Great are the sea and the heavens,
But greater is my heart.
And fairer than pearls of stars
Glistens the glows my love.

Then little, youthful maiden,
Come unto my might heart.
My hear, and the sea, and the heavens
And melting away with love.

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