Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Seliger Glaube
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wenn ich [mein]1 Lied in Tönen leis'
   Hinsinge in die Nacht,
Mein Lied, das ich für Dich allein
   Gesungen und erdacht:

Da winken mir die Sterne zu,
   Da geht ein flüsternd Weh'n
Durch Baum und Strauch als hört' ich Dich
   Dort in der Stille geh'n!

Ich lausche hin -- da ist's ein Hauch,
   Der mir die Lippen schließt,
Als hättest Du mir plötzlich fort
   Vom Mund Dein Lied geküßt.

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Confirmed with O. Malybrok-Stieler, Lyrische Gedichte und Uebertragungen nach böhmischer Kunst- und Volks-Poesie, Prag: Druck und Verlag von J. Otto, 1887, page 9

1 Lang: "ein"


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Word count: 68

When I my song in quiet strains
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When I [my]1 song in quiet strains
   Sing out into the night,
My song, that for you alone,
   I sang and created,

Then the stars greet me,
   Then a whispering zephyr passes
Through trees and bushes, as if I could hear you
   Walking in the silence out there.

I listen--then it is as if a breath
   Closes my lips
As if you had suddenly
   Taken your song from my lips with a kiss.

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1 Lang: "a"


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Word count: 73