by Albert Träger (1830 - 1912)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Wenn Du ein Herz gefunden
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wenn Du ein Herz gefunden,
Das treu mit Dir es meint,
In gut' und bösen Stunden
Bleib' eng mit ihm vereint.

Hörst Du's an Deinem schlagen,
Nichts Schön'res hörst Du je,
Auf Händen mußt Du's tragen,
Und nimmer thu' ihm weh!

Heut' darfst Du's Dein noch nennen
Was Du in ihm umfaßt,
Willst Du's zu spät erkennen,
Wenn Du's verloren hast?!


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "When you have found a heart", copyright © 2012

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This text was added to the website: 2011-09-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 61

When you have found a heart
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When you have found a heart
to understand truly your own,
in good and bad times
stay closely united with it.

When you hear it beating against yours,
there is nothing better to hear;
you must carry it in your hands
and never do it harm!

Today if you are permitted still to call yours
what you have enfolded in it,
will you realize too late
when it has been lost to you?


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-20
Line count: 12
Word count: 73