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Novalis, "Wenn alle untreu werden"

A poem ("If all and each became untrue") by this German poet.  You can read the original here.

If all and each became untrue,       
To you my loyalty wouldn't flail;         
That gratitude has not derailed,       
And died amidst the earth's bright hue.
For me does passion bind you near,
As you in pain pass from my side,
Forever does my heart abide
By you in joy, in endless cheer.

So oft am I beset by tears
For you are dead and gone above,
And many souls that you once loved
Have lost the traces of your years.
Impelled by love and love alone,
You did so much and did it well;
And now your waves have ceased to swell
Upon a shore that waits unknown.

You are of truest love divine,
To each as true as e'er before. 
As others your sweet love forswore,
True you remained, in spite of time. 
So is it felt as day recedes
That truest love shall always win;
Cry bitterly and nuzzle in,
Just like a child upon your knee.

You I have felt, you I have sensed,
O do not leave, please do not leave! 
Let me conjoin myself with thee
Forever love's red bow to bend.
Once brothers mine their gazes chart
Anew against the heavens high,
Then sink below to earthly quiet,
And fall to you upon your heart.

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