by Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804 - 1881)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Kein Graben so breit, keine Mauer so...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Plattdeutsch 
Available translation(s): ENG
Kein Graben so breit, keine Mauer so hoch,
Wenn Zwei sich nur gut sind, sie treffen sich doch.

Kein Wetter so graulich, so schwarz keine Nacht,
Wenn Zwei sich nur seh'n woll'n, wie bald ist's gemacht!

Da gibt's einen Mondschein, da scheint wohl ein Stern,
Da blinkt noch ein Lichtlein, man nimmt [die]1 Latern';

Da find't sich schon eine Leiter, ein Steg:
[Sind zwei sich nur gut -- keine]2 Sorg' um den Weg.

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1 Raff: "eine"
2 Raff: "Wenn zwei sich nur gut sind, keine"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "No worries about the means", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "Love finds out the way"

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2008-09-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 72

No worries about the means
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
No moat is too broad, no wall is too high,
If two people are fond of each other, they will find a way to meet.

No weather is too grim, no night is too dark,
If two people wish to see each other, how quickly it can be accomplished!

Somewhere there is moonlight, somewhere there shines a star,
Somewhere a light is blinking, or one can take a lantern.

A ladder will surely turn up, or a pathway . . . 
If two people are fond of each other, no worries about the means!


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This text was added to the website: 2008-09-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 94