by Felix Ludwig Julius Dahn (1834 - 1912)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Du meines Herzens Krönelein, du bist von...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Du meines Herzens Krönelein, du bist von lautrem Golde:
  Wenn andere daneben sein, dann bist du [erst]1 viel holde.
  Die andern tun so gern gescheit, du bist gar sanft und stille;
  Daß jedes Herz sich dein erfreut, dein Glück ist's, nicht dein Wille.
Die andern suchen Lieb' und Gunst mit tausend falschen Worten,
  Du ohne Mund- und Augen-Kunst, bist wert an allen Orten.
  Du bist als wie die Ros' im Wald: sie weiß nichts von ihrer Blüte,
  Doch jedem, der vorüberwallt, erfreut sie das Gemüte.

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Confirmed with Felix Dahn's Sämtliche Werke poetischen Inhalts, Band XVI, Gedichte, Erster Band, Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1898, page 68-69. Note that in line 3, we have corrected the typo "gescheut" to "gescheit", as later editions did.

1 Reger, Strauss: "noch"


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

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Pride of my heart", first published 1897
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Bertram Kottmann , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 85

You, my heart's crown ‑ you are made of...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You, my heart's crown - you are made of sheer gold.
 When others are beside you, then you are only more beautiful.
 The others like to be so clever, but you are so gentle and quiet:
 that you delight every heart is your good luck, not your active intent.
The othes search for love and good will with a thousand false words,
 but you, without an artful tongue or eye, are considered worthy in every place.
 You are like a rose in the forest:  you know nothing of your own bloom,
 but everyone who passes by  rejoices in his mind to see you.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 103