by Barbara Elisabeth Glück (1814 - 1894), as Betty Paoli
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Alles hinzugeben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Alles hinzugeben 
  Ist der Liebe Brauch;
Nimm denn hin mein Leben, 
  Und mein Sterben auch!

Aller meiner Lieder
  Sanften Schmeichellaut,
Die ein Eden wieder 
  Sich aus Schutt erbaut;

Alle Lichtgedanken, 
  Die an Glück und Leid
Kühn sich aufwärts ranken 
  In die Ewigkeit;

All mein stilles Sehnen, 
  Innig dir vertraut,
Das in sel'gen Thränen 
  Auf dich niederthaut!

Nimm, daß [nichts dir]1 fehle, 
  Wenn die Stunde ruft,
Meine ganze Seele 
  Hin als Opferduft!

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1 Mayer: "dir nichts"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Gift", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 71

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
To offer up everything 
is the way of love;
Take then my life 
and my death too!

[Take] all the soft flattering sounds 
of my songs,
which have created a paradise 
out of rubble.

[Take] all bright thoughts 
that on joy and sorrow
boldly twine themselves 
aloft toward eternity.

[Take] all my quiet longing, 
fervently entrusted to you,
which in joyful tears 
falls like dew upon you!

Take, so that you lack nothing 
when the hour calls,
[take] my whole soul 
as a scent of sacrifice!


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This text was added to the website: 2010-05-31
Line count: 20
Word count: 86