by Ludwig Jacobowski (1868 - 1900)
Translation © by Jean-Pierre Granger

Grabschrift
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
"Dem Auge fern, dem Herzen nah!"
Als ich die alte Grabschrift sah
Im eingesunknen Marmorstein,
Da fiel mein totes Lieb mir ein.

O Gott, ich schrieb schon tausendmal
Das gleiche Lied aus gleicher Qual,
Und war doch keins wie dieses da:
"Dem Auge fern, dem Herzen nah!"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , title 1: "Épitaphe", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Jean-Pierre Granger) , title 1: "Epitaph", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 47

Epitaph
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
« Far from the eyes, close to the heart »
As I saw that epitaph
Deeply engraved in the marblestone,
The memory of my deceased love came back to me

Oh my God ! I have already written a thousand times
The same song of that same torment,
And none was like this one :
« Far from the eyes, close to the heart ! »

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Jean-Pierre Granger.

    This author's work falls under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license.


    Jean-Pierre Granger. We have no current contact information for the copyright-holder.
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This text was added to the website: 2011-04-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 66