by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Geh schlafen, Liebste, lege dich zur...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Geh schlafen, Liebste, lege dich zur [Ruhe]1.
Dein Kissen wird in Rosen sich verwandeln,
Das Linnentuch mit Veilchen sich bedecken,
Und nicht, Geliebte, wirst du einsam bleiben:
Es fliegen, um dein hold Gesicht zu schauen,
Zwölf Engelein herab aus Himmelsauen.

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Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 6.

1 Marx: "Ruh"


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "In the evening", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le soir", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-28
Line count: 6
Word count: 40

In the evening
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Go to bed, dearest, lie down to your rest.
Your pillow shall transform itself into roses,
Your linen sheet shall be covered with violets,
And, beloved, you shall not remain alone:
In order to see your lovely face, twelve little angels
Shall fly down from the heavenly fields.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-12-06
Line count: 6
Word count: 48