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Ich wünschte mir den Tod, den Tod,

I would wish for myself death, death,

Wenn du, mein Jesu, mich nicht liebtest.

If you, my Jesus, did not love me.

Ja wenn du mich annoch betrübtest,

Indeed, if you were still causing me distress,

So hätt ich mehr als Höllennot.

I would have anguish greater than hell.

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Over Havet (Across The Sea)

©2008 Charles Anthony Silvestri

My eyes look out,
Grey as the grey North-Sky,
Across the sea,
The sea of hope and opportunity.
The wander-lust of my people wells up,
Calling me to go–
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the beckoning sea. Over det lokkende havet.

In this great ship-belly I wait,
With others like me
Set out to make a better life.
And now we stand together, line by line,
Masses huddled in the shadow of Liberty.
We’ve come so far
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the storm-tossed sea. Over det stormfulle havet.

Work is hard in this New World,
As hard as in the Old;
But this land I work is soon to be my own–
A farm, a house, a wife, a child–
Fields of grain stretched out before me;
My home
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the amber sea. Over det ravgule havet.

My eyes look out,
Grey as my grey hair now,
Across the sea,
From poverty and possibility
To the richest blessings a man can ever know,
Thankful now as I go,
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the sea, Over havet,
Across the eternal sea. Over det evige havet.

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