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Du fragst mich, du mein blondes Lieb

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du fragst mich, du mein [blondes]1 Lieb,
Warum so stumm mein Mund?
Weil mir die Liebe sitzet,
        Heimlich sitzet
    Im Herzensgrund.

Kann denn die Flamme singen,
Wenn sie zum Himmel will?
Sie schlägt die Flügel hoch und roth,
        So hoch und roth,
    Und doch so still.

Die Ros' auch kann nicht sprechen,
Wenn sie zur Blüth' erwacht;
Sie glüht und duftet stumm hindurch,
        Stumm hindurch
    Die Sommernacht.

So ist auch meine Minne,
Seit du dich mir geneigt;
Sie glüht und blüht im Sinne,
        Tief im Sinne,
    Aber sie schweigt.

Translation(s): FRE SWE

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Emanuel Geibel, neununddreißigste Auflage, Berlin, Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1855, in Lieder, no. 24, page 60.

1 Moscheles, Oehme: "holdes"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE by John [Jacques] Jacobsson.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-10-12.
Last modified: 2018-06-24 22:52:04
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Word count: 89

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Tu me demandes, toi ma blonde bien‑aimée

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Tu me demandes, toi ma blonde bien-aimée,
Pourquoi ma bouche reste muette ?
Parce que l'amour qui est en moi
Est en secret
Au fond de mon cœur.

La flamme peut-elle donc chanter
Si elle veut monter au ciel ?
Elle bat de ses hautes ailes rouges, 
Si hautes, si rouges
Et pourtant si silencieuses.

La rose aussi, ne peut parler
Lorsqu'elle s'éveille pour fleurir ;
Elle rougeoie et embaume en étant muette,
Muette jusqu'au bout
De la nuit d'été.

Mon amour aussi est ainsi
Depuis que tu t'es penchée vers moi,
Il rougeoie et fleurit en pensée,
Au fond de mes pensées,
Mais il se tait.

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Text added to the website: 2013-12-20.
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