by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Seh' ich den Pilgrim, so kann ich mich...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Seh' ich den Pilgrim, so kann ich mich nie der Tränen enthalten.
O, wie beseliget uns Menschen ein falscher Begriff!

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "When I see a pilgrim, I can never . . .", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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When I see a pilgrim, I can never . . .
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When I see a pilgrim, I can never stop myself from weeping.
Oh, how we humans are animated by a misconception!


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