by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Kelly Dean Hansen

Und gehest du über den Kirchhof
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Und geh[e]st du über den Kirchhof,
Da find'st du ein frisches Grab;
Da senkten sie mit Thränen
Ein schönes Herz hinab.

Und fragst du, woran's gestorben?
Kein Grabstein Antwort giebt;
Doch leise flüstern die [Lüftchen]1,
Es hatte zu heiß geliebt.

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1 Brahms: "Winde"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kelly Dean Hansen) , "If you go across the churchyard", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2005-08-29 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:14
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If you go across the churchyard
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
If you go across the churchyard,
You will find a freshly dug grave;
They laid there, with tears,
A lovely heart down to rest. 

And if you ask what caused its death,
No gravestone will give an answer;
But the winds will whisper softly
That it loved too ardently.

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Text added to the website: 2010-10-22 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:04
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