by Peter Cornelius (1824 - 1874)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Dein Gedenken lebt in Liedern fort;
Lieder, die der tiefsten Brust entwallen,
Sagen mir: du lebst in ihnen allen,
Und gewiß, die Lieder halten Wort.

Dein Gedenken blüht in Tränen fort;
Tränen aus des Herzens Heiligtume
Nähren tauend der Erinnrung Blume,
In dem Tau blüht dein Gedenken fort.

Dein Gedenken lebt in Träumen fort;
Träume, die dein Bild verklärt mir zeigen,
[Sagen: daß du ewig bist mein eigen]1,
Und gewiß, die Träume halten Wort.

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1 Ritter: "Sagen, daß du ewig mir zu eigen"


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Fidelity", copyright ©

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 74

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Your memory lives on in songs -
songs which bubble up from the depths of the heart;
they tell me that you live in all of them
and certainly, songs keep their word.

Your memory blossoms on in tears -
tears from the sanctuary of the heart
nourished with the dew of memory's blossom;
in that dew your memory blossoms on.

Your memory lives on in dreams -
dreams which show me your transfigured image
and say that you are eternally mine;
and certainly, dreams keep their word.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 88