Heaven Has Shed A Tear

Friedrich Rückert was a German poet, translator, and professor of Oriental languages.

Heaven has shed a tear
 that meant to lose itself in the sea;
 but the mussel came and locked it in:
 you shall now be my pearl.
 You should not fear the waves;
 I will carry you peacefully through.
 O you my pain, you my joy,
 you tear of heaven in my bosom!
 Heaven grant that with a pure soul
 I may guard the purest of your drops.

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