by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by (Johann) Philipp Kaufmann (1802 - 1846)

Prayer for Mary
Language: English 
Powers celestial, whose protection
  Ever guards the virtuos fair,
While in distant climes I wander,
  Let my Mary be your care:
Let her form sae fair and faultless,
  Fair and fautless as your own:
Let my Mary’s kindred spirit
  Draw your choicest influence down.
 
Make the gales you waft around her,
  Soft and peaceful as her breast;
Breathing in the breeze that fans her,
  Soothe her bosom into rest:
Guardian angels, O protect her,
  When in distant lands I roam;
To realms unknown while fate exiles me,
  Make her bosom still my home.

Confirmed with The Collected Poems of Robert Burns, Wordsworth Editions Limited, 1994, p. 458.


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Himmelsbote, Strahl der Sterne
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
[Himmelsbote]1, Strahl der Sterne, 
Der ob schöner Unschuld wacht, 
Wenn ich irr' in weiter Ferne, 
Schütz Maria deine Macht.

Hold voll Huld und ohne Fehle,
Hold und rein und klar wie du,
Auf Marias reiner Seele
Mit dem hellsten Scheine ruh.

Laue Lüfte, mild ihr lächelt,
Leise weht ihr Kühlung zu;
Linder Hauch der sie umfächelt,
Wiege sanft ihr Herz in Ruh.

Und ein Engel auf sie blicke,
Wenn ich irr' am fernen Strand; 
Fern von ihr verbannt vom Glücke,
Sey ihr Herz mein Heimathland.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Robert Burns. Übersetzt von Philipp Kaufmann, Stuttgart und Tübingen, Verlag der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1839, p. 137.

1 Gumbert: "Himmelslüfte"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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