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Nur ein Gesicht auf Erden lebt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nur ein Gesicht auf Erden lebt,
so mich vergnügen kann,
nur eines unt'r der Sonne schwebt,
so ich nicht meiden kann.
Mein Herz im Leib vor Freud aufspringt,
wenn ich nur denk daran,
aber der Seel groß Schmerz bringt,
wenn ichs nicht sehen kann.

Ob ich schon oft muß leiden viel
von bösen Zungen hart,
auf keine Weis doch meiden will,
Schönste, dein Gegenwart.
Wann ich dich lieb, o schönstes Kind,
was geht es Andre an.
Ein jeder jetzund Lieben find't,
das niemand wehren kann.

Ach lieber Schatz, erlaube mir,
zu küssen deinen Mund,
dieweil dein liebes Angesicht,
mich also hart verwund't.
Mein Herz, Gesicht, mein'n ganzen Leib
auf ewig dir verschreib,
der Himmel selbst mir Zeuge sei,
daß ich dein Diener bleib.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Il y a seulement un visage qui vit sur terre", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Maar één gezicht op aarde leeft", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "There’s only one face on earth", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2015-05-06 15:08:50

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Il y a seulement un visage qui vit sur terre

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

Il y a seulement un visage qui vit sur terre
Qui peut me donner du plaisir,
Il y a seulement un visage qui flotte sous le soleil
Que je ne puisse fuir.
Mon cœur dans mon corps saute de joie,
Si je pense seulement à lui,
Mais il apporte un gros chagrin à mon âme,
Quand je ne peux pas le voir.

Bien que je doive souvent souffrir beaucoup
Des mauvaises langues,
En aucune manière, je ne veux fuir,
Ô ma belle, ta présence.
Si je t'aime, ô enfant magnifique,
Qu'ai-je à faire des autres ?
Chacun trouve un amour
À qui il ne peut résister;

Ah, mon cher trésor, permets-moi
De baiser ta bouche,
Puisque ton visage adorable,
Me blesse si durement.
Mon cœur, mon visage, tout mon cœur,
Je les dédie à toi pour toujours,
Que le ciel lui-même soit témoin
Que je reste ton serviteur.

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Text added to the website: 2011-04-30 00:00:00.

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