by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Hat dich die Liebe berührt
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Hat dich die Liebe berührt,
Still unterm lärmenden Volke
Gehst du in goldner Wolke,
Sicher [vom Gotte]1 geführt.

Nur wie verloren, umher
Lässest die Blicke du wandern,
Gönnst ihre Freuden den Andern,
Trägst nur nach einem Begehr.

Scheu in dich selber verzückt,
Möchtest du [hehlen]2 vergebens,
Daß nun die Krone des Lebens
Strahlend die Stirn dir schmückt.

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Confirmed with Gedichte, vierte, neu durchgesehene und stark vermehrte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1889, pages 56-57.

1 Marx: "von Gott"
2 Marx: "leugnen"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Si l'amour t'a touché", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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If love has touched you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
If love has touched you,
Then quietly among the noisy throng
You walk in a golden cloud,
Led safely [by a god]1

As if lost, you let your gaze
Stray about,
You do not begrudge others their joys,
You only yearn for one thing.

Timidly withdrawn into yourself in rapture,
You vainly try to [conceal]2
That now the crown of life
Glowingly adorns your brow.

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1 Marx: "by God"
2 Marx: "deny"


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Word count: 65