by Detlev von Liliencron (1844 - 1909)
Translation © by Jakob Kellner

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Ich ging den Weg entlang, der einsam lag,
Den stets allein ich gehe jeden Tag.
Die Heide schweigt, das Feld ist menschenleer;
Der Wind nur weht im Knickbusch um mich her.

Weit liegt vor mir die Straße ausgedehnt;
Es hat mein Herz nur dich, nur dich ersehnt.
Und kämest Du, ein Wunder wär's für mich,
Ich neigte mich vor dir: ich liebe dich.

Und im Begegnen, nur ein einzger Blick,
Des ganzen Lebens wär er mein Geschick.
Und richtest du dein Auge kalt auf mich,
Ich trotze Mädchen dir: ich liebe dich.

Doch wenn dein schönes Auge grüßt und lacht,
Wie eine Sonne mir in schwerer Nacht,
Ich zöge rasch dein süßes Herz an mich
Und flüstre leise dir: ich liebe dich.


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 Polish (Polski), a translation by Czesław Józef Marek (1891 - 1985) , "Tęsknota" ; composed by Czesław Józef Marek.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Deler", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hunkering", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Jakob Kellner) , "Longing", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "Longing", first published 1897
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Désir intense", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Desiderio", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Jakob Kellner

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 122

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I went along the path, which lay there secluded,
I walk it every day, and always alone.
The heath keeps silence, the field is deserted;
only the wind blows around me in the thicket.

The road lies far ahead of me;
my heart has longed only for you, only you.
If you came, it would be a miracle to me,
I bowed to you: I love you.

And in this meeting just one look
would mean the fate of my entire life.
If you directed your eye to me coldly,
I would resist, my maiden: I love you. 

But if your beautiful eye greeted and laughed,
like a sun to me in heavy night,
I'd quickly pull your sweet heart to me
and softly whisper: I love you.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 128