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Wenn du gute Augen hast

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn du gute Augen hast,
Und du schaust in meine Lieder,
Siehst du eine junge Schöne
Drinnen wandeln auf und nieder.

Wenn du gute Ohren hast,
Kannst du gar die Stimme hören,
Und ihr Seufzen, Lachen, Singen
Wird dein armes Herz betören.

Denn sie wird, mit Blick und Wort,
Wie mich selber dich verwirren;
Ein verliebter Frühlingsträumer,
Wirst du durch die Wälder irren.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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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)

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

  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , title 1: "If you have good eyes to see", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Si tu as de bons yeux", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-02-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:37
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

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If you have good eyes to see

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

If you have good eyes to see,
And have a close look at my songs,
You will see a young beauty
Strolling along at will inside.

If you have good ears to listen,
You can even hear the voice,
And her sighs, her laughs, her singing
will beguile your poor heart.

Because she will, by gaze and word,
Just like me confuse you;
A  dreamer drunk from spring and love,
You will roam the woods.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2008 by Linda Godry, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Neue Gedichte, in Neuer Frühling, no. 16 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johann Wolfgang von Ehrenstein, Georg Andreas Henkel, Willem de Iongh, Karl Ritter, Oscar Nathan Straus, Mario Van Overeem. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2008-12-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:02
Line count: 12
Word count: 75