by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Blindes Schauen, dunkle Leuchte
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Blindes Schauen, dunkle Leuchte,
Ruhm voll Weh, erstorb'nes Leben,
Unheil, das ein Heil mir däuchte, 
Freud'ges Weinen, Lust voll Beben,
Süße Galle, durst'ge Feuchte,
Krieg im Frieden allerwegen,
Liebe, falsch versprachst du Segen,
Da dein Fluch den Schlaf mir scheuchte.

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Blinded sight, dark light
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Blinded sight, dark light,
Painful glory, dying life,
Calamity that seemed to be a saving grace,
Joyful weeping, trembling pleasure,
Sweet gall. Parched moistness,
Peace with conflict, ready anger,
This is love, robed in glory,
Which yet frightens away my sleep.

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Text added to the website: 2011-07-06 00:00:00
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