by Julius Wolff (1834 - 1910)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Laß mich dir sagen, laß mich dir singen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Laß mich dir sagen, laß mich dir singen,
Daß ich dich liebe, du herzige Maid,
Ach! mich umsauset ein Schwingen und Klingen,
Herz will mir springen,
Weiß nicht, vor Glück oder Leid.

Wenn ich dich sehe, nahe und ferne,
Geht mit mir Alles auf Erden rundum,
Daß meinen Namen ich gerne verlerne,
Himmlische Sterne,
Tanzet um's Liebchen herum!

Habe geschworen mit Weinen und Lachen:
Mein muß sie werden, und mein wird sie doch!
Und ob dich Riesen und Drachen bewachen,
Auch aus dem Rachen
Riß' ich der Hölle dich noch.

Sieh! und da bin ich; nun will ich dich drücken,
Drücken dich fest an die klopfende Brust,
Laß dich von Liebesentzücken berücken,
Ging auch in Stücken
Welt vor der ewigen Lust!

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Confirmed with Der Rattenfänger von Hameln: eine Aventiure von Julius Wolff, Berlin, G. Grote'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1894, pages 46-47.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-02-26
Line count: 20
Word count: 121

Permit me to tell you, permit me to sing...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Permit me to tell you, permit me to sing to you
That I love you, you delightful maiden,
Ah! vibrations and sounds swirl about me,
My heart wants to burst,
I know not if for joy or for sorrow.

When I see you, from nearby or from afar,
Everything on earth spins around me,
So that I gladly forget my own name;
Heavenly stars,
Dance about my darling!

I have sworn it with weeping and laughter:
She must be mine, and mine she shall certainly be!
And if giants and dragons were to guard you,
Even from the maw of hell
I would still tear you.

Behold! and here I am; now I wish to press you,
Press you closely to my beating bosom,
Let yourself be captivated by the raptures of love,
Even if the world went to pieces
As a result of this eternal passion!

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Translated titles:
"Spielmannslied" = "Musician’s song"
"Lass mich dir sagen" = "Permit me to tell you"
"Lass mich dir sagen, lass mich dir singen" = "Permit me to tell you, permit me to sing to you"
"Geständniss" = "Confession"
"Lass mich dir singen" = "Permit me to sing to you"
“Lied des Hunold Singuf” = "The song of Hunold Singuf"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-19
Line count: 20
Word count: 147