by Rudolf Georg Binding (1867 - 1938)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

O sage nicht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
O sage nicht, o sage nicht
dass Lieben wie ein Traum vergeht,
Und fühlst du nicht, dass unser Glück
In allen Lüften weht,
Auf allen Wassern ruht,
Aus allen Sonnen blinkt,
Aus allen Sternen strahlt,
Und einst mit uns in's ew'ge sinkt.


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "O do not say", copyright © 2012

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O do not say
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
O do not say, o do not say
That Love dies away like a dream;
for do you not feel that our happiness
wafts in all the air,
rests on all the water,
shines in all the sun,
gleams from all the stars,
and will sink with us someday into Eternity?


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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-16
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Word count: 51