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Das Marienbild (1818) D623

Das Marienbild

Sei gegrüsst, du Frau der Huld, 
Und der reinen, schönen Minne, 
Ohne Makel, ohne Schuld,
Und von demutsvollem Sinne!
Fromme Einfalt wölbte dir 
Diese ärmliche Kapelle
In den Stamm der Eiche hier 
Ohne Säulen, ohne Schwelle.
Vögelein auf jedem Ast
Singen deinem Kindlein Lieder. 
Durchs Gezweig im goldnen Glast 
Steigen Engel auf und nieder.
Und dem Herzen wird so leicht, 
Wär es auch von Gram umsponnen, 
Und dem Pilger wird gereicht 
Labung aus dem Gnadenbronnen.
Wohl ein Hüttlein baut ich gern 
Hier im stillen Waldesgrunde, 
Dass mir dieser Meeresstern 
Leuchte nun um jede Stunde;
Dass in diesem kleinen Raum
Mir der Himmel angehöre,
Dass kein banger, böser Traum 
Meinen letzten Schlummer störe. 

Picture of the Virgin Mary

Hail, gracious Lady
of pure, fair love,
without blemish, without guilt, 
humble in spirit.
In pious simplicity
this lowly chapel was raised to you 
in the trunk of this oak,
with neither pillars nor threshold.
On every bough
birds sing their songs to your child; 
angels, bathed in golden radiance, 
move up and down amid the branches.
And the heart, though oppressed with grief, 
is made light;
and the pilgrim finds refreshment
at the fount of grace.
I would fain build a little hut
here in the silent forest,
that the star of the sea
might shine for me now and always;
That in this small space
heaven might be mine,
and that no troubled, evil dream 
might disturb my last sleep.

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