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Nicht mit Engeln im blauem Himmelszelt

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Azerbaijani (Azərbaycan dili)

Nicht mit [Engeln im]1 blauem Himmelszelt,
Nicht mit Rosen [auf]2 duftigem Blumenfeld,
Selbst mit [dem ewigen Sonnenlicht]3,
[Vergleiche]4 ich Zuleikha, mein Mädchen nicht!

Denn der Engel Busen ist [liebesleer]5,
Unter Rosen drohen die Dornen her,
Und die Sonne verhüllt des Nachts ihr Licht,
Sie alle gleichen Zuleikha nicht.

Nichts finden, so weit das Weltall reicht,
Die Blicke, was meiner Zuleikha gleicht!
Schön, dornlos, voll ewigem Liebes-Schein!
Kann sie mit sich selbst nur verglichen sein!

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE POL RUS

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1 Grünberger: "den Engeln, im"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Rubinstein: "im"
3 Bronsart, Mandyczewski: "der ewigen Sonne Licht"
4 Bronsart, Mandyczewski: "Vergleich' "
5 Bronsart, Mandyczewski, Rubinstein: "liebeleer"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) (William Stigand, né Stigant) , "Not e'en Angels"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-13T00:00:00.
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Not e'en Angels

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Not e'en Angels in heaven's blue serene,
Nor the rose, of all flowery realms the queen,
Not e'en the eternal sun of light,
Could with my Zuleika, compare aright.

For angelic breasts they are of love forlorn,
And no rose but hath full many a thorn,
And each ev'ning the sun conceals his light;
None with Zuleika, compare aright.

Nought on earth below here or there on high,
Can like my Zuleika mine eyes espy;
Fair, thornless, and full of endless love,
Alone to thyself art thou like my love.

Note: from a Rubinstein score. It is unclear which of the two translators listed on the front page wrote this particular translation.
Submitted by Harry Joelson


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich Martin von Bodenstedt (1819 - 1892), no title, appears in Die Lieder des Mirza-Schaffy, in Zuléikha, no. 1 FRE GER POL RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Henk Bijvanck, Ingeborg Bronsart von Schellendorf, Leopold Damrosch, Anton Deprosse, Albert Eibenschütz, Henriette Fahrbach, Otto Fiebach, Wilhelm Freudenberg, Friedrich Gernsheim, August Glück, Ludwig Grünberger, Wilhelm Hill, Hans Huber, Carl Hürse, Daniël de Lange, Eusebius Mandyczewski, Heinrich August Marschner, Otto Neitzel, Carl Noseda, Heinrich Reinhardt, Julius Röntgen, Jakob Rosenhain, Carl Rothenberger, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Franz Wüllner. Go to the text.

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Text added to the website: 2011-06-23T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-06-16T10:04:26
Line count: 12
Word count: 90