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Das alte Wort

Language: German (Deutsch)

Du schönes Herz, dir möcht ein Wort ich sagen
     Das Alles spricht,
Das all mein goldnes Glück sollt' in sich tragen -
     Und find' es nicht!
  Ein alter Ton, ein altes Wort,
  Der liebe Spruch an jedem Ort
  Er bleibt auch meiner Seele Hort:
     Ich liebe dich!

Es giebt kein Klang dir all den Himmelssegen
     In süßerm Ton,
Er ist ein Maienblick, ein Sonnenregen,
     Der Lipp entflohn!
  Du schönes Herz, sieh lächelnd her,
  Mein Mund hegt fremden Wunsch nicht mehr,
  Es sagt's das Herz, drum spricht auch er:
     Ich liebe dich!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Otto Roquette, Liederbuch, Stuttgart und Tübingen: J.G. Cotta’scher Verlag, 1852, page 53

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The old word", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-09-16.
Last modified: 2017-04-03 20:54:11
Line count: 16
Word count: 91

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The old word

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

You lovely heart, I want to say a word to you
     That utters everything,
That encompasses all my golden happiness -
     And I cannot find it!
  An old sound, an old word,
  The maxim of love everywhere,
  For my soul, too, it remains a refuge:
     I love you!

No other sound would give you all the heavenly blessing
     In a sweeter tone,
It is a glimpse of May, a rain of sunshine
     That has escaped my lips!
  You lovely heart, gaze hither smilingly,
  My mouth no longer harbours foreign wishes,
  My heart says it, and therefore [my mouth] also speaks:
     I love you!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Otto Roquette (1824 - 1896), "Das alte Wort", appears in Liederbuch, first published 1852
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Esser. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-04-10.
Last modified: 2017-04-10 23:59:49
Line count: 16
Word count: 103