Love will find out the way!
Language: English  after the English 
Over the mountains and over the waves,
Under the fountains and under the graves;
Under floods that are deepest which Neptune obey,
Over rocks that are steepest, Love will find out the way.

When there is no place for the glowworm to lie,
When there is no space for receipt of a fly;
When the midge dares not venture lest herself fast she lay,
If love come, he will enter and will find out the way.

You may esteem him a child for his might;
Or you may deem him a cad for his flight;
She whom love honors be concealed from the day,
Set a thousand guards on her, Love will find out the way.

Some think to lose him if he is confined;
Some do suppose him, poor heart! to be blind;
But if ne'er close ye wall him, do the best that ye may,
Blind love if ye so call him, he will find out the way.

If earth should part him he would gallop it o'er;
If seas should thwart him, he would swim to the shore;
should his Love be a swallow, through the bright air to stray,
Love will bend wings to follow and will find out the way.

There is no striving to cross his intent;
There's no contriving his plots to prevent;
Once the message doth greet him his true love doth stay,
If death should come and meet him, Love will find out the way!

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803) , "Weg der Liebe" [an adaptation] DUT ENG ENG FRE ; composed by Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Albert Fuchs, Wilhelm Albert Rischbieter, Karl Sigmund Freiherr von Seckendorff.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-04-15
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Word count: 244