I am Thine

I AM thine, thou art mine,
And this shall be a sure sign:
Locked fast thou art
Within my heart,
And lost forever is the key;
So thou inside must ever be.

Anonymous, 12th century, presumably a nun from the monastery Tegernsee, found at the end of a Latin love letter. This is the oldest extant German poem. Translation by Margarete Münsterberg, first published 1916.

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