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Herta Wićazec - the First Female Wendish Author

Intro and Translation by Charles Wukash, PhD.

Friday 22 August 2014 at 8:59 pm.

Herta Wićazec (Wićazec is Wendish for Lehmann) was born in Bautzen on February 4, 1819. Although she wasn't educated and had to work as a seamstress, she had the gift of poetry. In 1841 she met Jan Mucink, a student at a seminary. When Herta showed him her poetry (written in German), he liked it and encouraged her to write more. He also encouraged her to write in Wendish.

Herta and Jan corresponded for many years. When Jan married someone else and stopped writing, Herta was broken-hearted. She died, in Bautzen, on March 20, 1885, unmarried and lonely. The poetry of her more mature period reflects the idea that happiness cannot be achieved on earth, but only in Heaven. The following poem is an example of this:

Texas Wendish Heritage Society Newsletter 3.4 (1990): 4.

 

Po Hrimanju

Wudźerž, wboha wutroba,

Krótka je wša zrudoba!

Bórze po złym hrimanju,

Kotrež z błyskom přićahnu -

Słónčko so zas zajasni,

Wšitku zrudźbu překrasni

A će lubje postrowi.

Z nadźiju k njebju pohladaj,

Sćerpliwy ty wočakaj -

Tam maš prawy wótcny kraj!

 

After the Storm

Hold fast, sad heart,

Soon grief will pass!

The angry storm holds sway,

Its lightning rends the sky -

But then the sun shines forth

And cleanses all our tears.

While greeting us with warmth.

To Heaven lift your eyes,

With patience wait for bliss -

Your Father's house is there!

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