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Ich halte ihr die Augen zu

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich halte ihr die Augen zu
Und küss' sie auf den Mund.
Nun läßt sie mich nicht mehr in Ruh'.
Sie fragt mich nach dem Grund.

Von Abends spät bis Morgens fruh,
Sie fragt zu jeder Stund':
Was hältst du mir die Augen zu,
Wenn du mir küßt den Mund?

Ich sag' ihr nicht, weshalb ich's tu',
Weiß selber nicht den Grund --
Ich halte dir die Augen zu
Und küss' sie auf den Mund.

Translation(s): ENG FRE 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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG by Daniel-Jean-Yves Lesur, dit Daniel-Lesur.

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

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:32
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Word count: 74

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Je lui ferme les yeux

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

Je lui ferme les yeux
Et l'embrasse sur la bouche.
Mais, elle ne me laisse plus en repos.
Elle m'en demande la raison.

Du soir tard jusqu'au matin tôt,
Elle demande à chaque instant :
« Pourquoi me fermes-tu les yeux
Quand tu m'embrasses sur la bouche ? »

Je ne lui dis pas pourquoi je le fais,
Je n'en sais pas moi-même la raison --
Je lui ferme les yeux
Et l'embrasse sur la bouche.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856), no title, appears in Neue Gedichte, in Verschiedene, in Angélique, no. 4 ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Rudolf Brömel, Oscar Brückner, Anton Cohn, Leopold Damrosch, Richard Farber, August Fischer, Don Forsythe, Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Julius Hagemann, Henrik Hennings, Johann Herbeck, Armin Knab, Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken, Paul Kuczynski, Otto Lange, Gustav Adolf Merkel, Gregor Molitor, F. de Rhin, Louis Samson, Carl Schiller, Kurt Schwaen, Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir, Edgar Vogel, Friedrich Robert Volkmann, Johann Winter, Richard Wintzer, Johannes Zíegler, Attila Cornelius Zoller. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-05-21.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:23
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Word count: 75