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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"; Franz: "nun balde"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Grant Hicks and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Garrett Medlock [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)

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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

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Leg, liefjen, dijn handjen

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Leg, liefjen, dijn handjen op't harte mijn;
Ach, hoors du hoe't klopt in het kamerkijn?
Daar woont er een timmerman zoo vol list,
Die timmert mij eene doodenkist.

Het klopt er bij dag en bij nacht steeds voort,
Het heeft er al lang mijne rust gestoord.
Ach haast u toch, meester timmerman,
Dat ik in vrede slapen kan.

Submitted by Hanne-Joost Peeters


Based on
  • 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 ENG ENG FRE ITA RUS
      • 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.

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

Text added to the website: 2009-02-14 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:07

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