Then take my heart

Then take my heart into your hands
But take it gently, take it with care
The red red heart, it's yours if you dare.

It beats so calmly, it beats so low
Loved, hurt and lost it still endures
Now it is quiet, now it is yours.

It can be wounded, and it can sink
And it can slip, and forget what it knew
But it never forgets it belongs to you.

It was so strong, so proud, my heart
It slept and dreamt with joy and coo
Now it can be broken, but only by you.

(Tove Ditlevsen "Så tag mit hjerte" translated)