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Lieb' Liebchen, leg's Händchen aufs...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Lieb' Liebchen, leg's Händchen [aufs]1 Herze mein; -
Ach, hörst du, wie's [pochet]2 im Kämmerlein?
Da hauset ein Zimmermann schlimm und arg,
Der zimmert mir einen Totensarg.

[Es]3 hämmert und klopfet bei Tag und bei Nacht;
[Es]3 hat mich schon längst um den Schlaf gebracht.
Ach! sputet Euch, Meister Zimmermann,
Damit ich [balde]4 schlafen kann.


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Note: first titled "Der Zimmermann"; later titled "Holzmeyer"
1 Medtner: "auf" [sic]
2 Lange-Müller: "pocht"
3 Lange-Müller: "Er"
4 Lachner: "bald"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lief liefje, voel 't hart eens", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Dear sweetheart, lay your hand on my heart", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Daniel Platt) , "My dear, lay your hand here", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chère bien‑aimée, pose tes petites mains sur mon cœur", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Amore mio, posa la mano sul mio cuore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-10-13.
Last modified: 2018-03-09 10:33:34
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Dear sweetheart, lay your hand on my heart

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 Dear sweetheart, lay your hand on my heart; -
 ah, do you hear the hammering inside?
 inside there lives a carpenter, wicked and evil:
 he's building my coffin.
 He hammers and pounds by day and by night;
 it has been a long time since I could sleep.
 Ah, hurry, Mister Carpenter,
 finish so that I can sleep.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, written 1817, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Junge Leiden, in Lieder, no. 4, first published 1827 CAT DUT DUT FRE ITA RUS FRE SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Károly Aggházy, Karl Oskar Alwin, Blagoje Bersa, Carl August Bertelsmann, Gerard Bunk, Ferruccio Busoni, Paul Claussnitzer, Leslie Crabtree, Joseph Dessauer, Carl Heinrich Döring, Otto Dresel, Otto Johann Anton Dütsch, Carl Gustav Ebell, Karl Anton Florian Eckert, Rachel van Embden, Robert Emmerich, Carl Gottlieb Erfurt, Richard Farber, Robert Franz, W. Fried, Jan Karol Gall, Josef Gauby, Giovanni Battista Gordigiani, Eduard August Grell, Rich. Grelling, Christian Friedrich Grimmer, Gustav Haug, Joseph Hellmesberger, jun., Carl Hennig, Hans Heinrich XIV, Graf Bolko von Hochberg, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Bernhard Jestl, Emil Kauffmann, B. Kreutzer, Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, Franz Paul Lachner, Peter Erasmus Lange-Müller, Liza Lehmann, Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, Ernst Löwenberg, Fritz Marcks, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Arnold Mendelssohn, Ivan Alexandrovich Pomazansky, Emma Raddatz, Alfred Reisenauer, Franz Ries, Georg Rijken, Jakob Rosenhain, Louis Samson, Ernst Schauss, Maria Elisabeth, Gräfin von Schlik zu Bassano und Weisskirchen, Louis Schlottmann, Robert Schumann, Johan August Söderman, Alfred Steinmann, Julius Stern, Carl Stiehl, Korstiaan Stougie, Wilhelm Taubert, Th. Trendelenburg, Friedrich Hieronymus Truhn, Frank Valentin Van der Stucken, Ignaz J. Waghalter, Max Zenger. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2003-10-13.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:56
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