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

Ich stellt' ein Lilienstäudlein an mein...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich stellt' ein Lilienstäudlein an mein Fenster,
Am Abend pflanzt' ich's, frühe war's erblüht.
Die Blätter überzweigten mir das Fenster,
Zum Schatten für dein Haupt, wenn Mittag glüht.
Zu kühlen dein Gesicht im Sonnenbrand,
  Pflanzt' ich in Erd' -- ein Paradies entstand.
Zum Schatten Mittags für dein zart Gemüthe
  Pflanzt' ich in Erd' -- und unsre Lieb' erblühte.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 29.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The lily", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le lis", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2010-01-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 56

The lily
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I placed a little lily plant at my window,
In the evening I planted it, in the morning it had blossomed.
The leaves grew across my window
As a [source of] shade for your head, when noonday blazes.
To cool your face in the burning sun
 I planted it in the earth -- a paradise came into being.
To shade at noon your tender spirit
 I planted it in the earth -- and our love blossomed.


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This text was added to the website: 2013-12-06
Line count: 8
Word count: 74