Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Echte Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Lau in der Liebe mag ich nimmer sein, --
Kalt oder brennend wie ein lohes Feuer!
O, Lust und Leiden sind nur farblos, klein,
Wo Liebe nicht ergriffen hat das Steuer!

Wer noch bei Sinnen, ist kein rechter Freier;
Wirf von dir ohne Zagen all was dein,
Der stirbt vor Liebe nicht, ein halbgetreuer,
Wer von der Liebe mehr verlangt, als Pein.

Gleichwie ein Schiff, wenn sich die Wetter schwärzen,
An jähen Klippen treibt bei finstrer Nacht,
Auf weitem Meer der Wind' und Wogen Spiel,

So auf dem wüsten Meere meiner Schmerzen
Such' ich, auf neue Leiden nur bedacht,
Im Hoffnungslosen meines Glückes Ziel.

Confirmed with Joseph von Eichendorff, Sämtliche Gedichte in einem Band und Versepen, Frankfurt am Main & Leipzig: Insel Verlag, 2001, page 601


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Genuine love", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2011-09-09 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:34
Line count: 14
Word count: 103

Genuine love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lukewarm in love I never wish to be, --
Cold or burning like a blazing fire!
Oh, joy and sorrow are only colourless, small,
Where love has not taken over the helm!

He who is still in command of his senses, is not truly a suitor;
Throw off from yourself without hesitation all that is yours;
He does not die of love, the half-faithful one,
Who asks more of love than suffering.

Just as a ship, when the weather darkens,
Drifts past precipitous crags in darkest night,
The plaything of wind and waves upon the wide ocean,

Thus on the desolate ocean of my pain
I search, only thinking of new suffering,
In hopelessness for the goal of my happiness.


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Text added to the website: 2013-07-26 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:16
Line count: 14
Word count: 119