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Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege
In Nacht [und Kissen]1 gehüllt,
So schwebt mir vor ein süßes,
Anmutig liebes Bild!

Wenn mir der stille Schlummer
Geschlossen die Augen kaum,
So schleicht [das Bild sich leise]2
Hinein in meinen Traum

[Doch]3 mit dem Traum des Morgens
Zerrinnt es nimmermehr;
Dann trag' ich es im Herzen
Den ganzen Tag umher.


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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine's Sämmtliche Werke, Erster Band: Reisebilder, Dritte Auflage, Philadelphia: Verlag von John Weik, 1856, pages 29-30.

1 omitted by Mendelssohn
2 Lang: "das liebe Bild"
3 Lang: "Und"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Avondlied", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "When I lie on the bed", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Cuando estoy tumbando en el campo", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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When I lie on the bed

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

When I lie on the bed, 
shrouded in night and cushions, 
So floats before me a sweet,
lovely dear image.

When silent slumber 
has barely closed my eyes, 
So creeps the image quietly
into my dream.

And in the morning 
it never fades away with the dream:
Then I carry it about with me in my heart 
the whole day.

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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. 49 CAT DUT FRE SPA FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Joseph Abenheim, Algernon Bennet Langton Ashton, Constantin C. von Bach, Agathe Ursula Backer-Grøndahl, Leo Blech, Victor Boos von Waldeck, Otto Breve, Ignaz Brüll, August Bungert, Wilhelm Claussen, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, Berthold Damcke, Louis Dames, Leopold Damrosch, Fr. Diener, Bernard van Dieren, Ferdinand Oskar Eichberg, Jacob Ekström, Catharinus Elling, M. Ender, Ernst II, Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha, A. Eszterhazy-Rossi, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Hermann Finzenhagen, Carl Theodor Flodin, Robert Franz, A. Frucht, Niels-Rud. Gade, Rudolf Gernlein, Carl Götze, Carl Graff, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Ferdinand Gumbert, Henry Kimball Hadley, Gustav Haeser, G. Hüfner, Ignotius, M. J. Kremer, Rich. Kriebel, Richard Kruckow, Josephine Lang, Eduard Lassen, W. J. Otto Lessmann, Fr. Link, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Gregor Molitor, Ferdinand Pfohl, Heinrich Proch, Friedrich Reichel, August Reuss, Franz Ries, Hermann Schäffer, Alfred Richard Gotthilf Sormann, Reinhold Stöckhardt, Wilhelm Taubert, Wenzel Heinrich Veit, Johann Vesque von Püttlingen. Go to the text.


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

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