by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887)

Sie haben heut' abend Gesellschaft
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Sie [haben]1 heut' abend Gesellschaft
Und das Haus ist lichterfüllt.
Dort oben am [hohen]2 Fenster
Bewegt sich ein Schattenbild.

Du [siehst]3 mich nicht, im Dunkeln
Steh' ich hier unten allein,
Noch weniger kannst du schauen
In mein dunkles Herz hinein.

Mein dunkles Herze liebt dich,
Es liebt dich und es bricht,
[Es]4 brich und zuckt und verblutet,
[Du aber]5 siehst es nicht.

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1 Geisler, Thalberg: "hat"
2 Pfitzner: "hellen"
3 Pfitzner: "schaust"
4 Pfitzner: "Und"
5 Pfitzner: "Aber du"

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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:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT FRE ITA ; composed by Sebastian Benson Schlesinger.
  • Also set in Romanian (Română), a translation by St. O. Iosif CAT ENG ENG FRE ITA ; composed by Sabin Vasile Drăgoi.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Tenen convidats aquest vespre", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "They have company tonight", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Hanno ospiti stasera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

To‑night they give a party
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
To-night they give a party,
   The house is all aglow.
Above, in the lighted window,
   Moves a shadow to and fro.

Thou see'st me not in the darkness,
   I stand below, apart.
Still less, my dear, thou seest
   Within my gloomy heart.

My gloomy heart it loves thee;
   It breaks for love of thee,
It breaks, and yearns, and bleedeth,
   Only thou wilt not see. 

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Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2008-05-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:42
Line count: 12
Word count: 65