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Sie liebten sich beide, doch keiner

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sie liebten sich beide, doch keiner
wollt' es dem andern gestehn; 
sie sahen sich an so feindlich,
und wollten vor Liebe vergehn.

Sie trennten sich endlich und [sah'n]1 sich
nur noch zuweilen im Traum;
sie waren längst gestorben
und wußten es selber kaum.


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1 White: "sahen"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verliefd waren beiden", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "They once loved each other", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ils s'aimaient tous les deux", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tous deux s'aimaient, pourtant aucun", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Si amavano entrambi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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Ils s'aimaient tous les deux

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

Ils s'aimaient tous les deux, mais aucun
N'était prêt à le dire à l'autre,
Ils se regardaient si froidement,
Pourtant ils se languissaient d'amour.

Finalement, ils se séparèrent et se virent
Seulement de temps en temps dans un rêve ;
Ils moururent il y a longtemps
Et en furent à peine conscients.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Buch der Lieder, in Die Heimkehr, no. 33 CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG ITA RUS ENG ENG ENG GRE JPN
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Agathe Ursula Backer-Grøndahl, Rosa Bleiter, János Bókay, Ina Bottelier, Nadia Boulanger, Reiner Bredemeyer, Ignaz Brüll, César Antonovich Cui, Nicola Dmitrieff, Robert Franz, Boleslav Viktorovich Grodzky, C. Grossmann, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Cornelius Gurlitt, Wilhelm Heinefetter, Hans Hermann, Béla Hiloczky, Rafael Joseffy, Wilhelm Killmayer, Jan Bedřich Kittl, Otto Klemperer, Karl Krall, Paul Kuczynski, Alban Lipp, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Dmitry Mikheyevich Melkikh, Tsuguji Murai, Friedrich August Naubert, Nekrassov, Victor Ernst Nessler, Gustav Neuhaus, Marlos Nobre de Almeida, Beate Novi, Hendrik Christian van Oort, Martin Plüddemann, Putiata, Ludwig Rottenberg, Joseph Rubinstein, Gerhard Rühm, Louis Samson, Clara Schumann, née Wieck, Alwin Schutzer, Nikolay Vladimirovich Shcherbachev, Marie L. Shedlock, Aleksandr Afanasievich Spendiarov, Bernhard Stavenhagen, Alfred Steinmann, Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar, Alfred Tofft, Marie Vanden Heuvel, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Heinrich Weidt, Maude Valérie White. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-04-07.
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