by Johann Gabriel Seidl (1804 - 1875)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ob ich ein Herz im Busen hätte
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ob ich ein Herz im Busen hätte,
Das mild, wie eine Rosenkette,
Sich schläng' um fremdes Wohl und Weh?
Ob Thränen je dies Auge tränkten,
Ob diese Lippen Küsse schenkten?
Ob? fragst du, Mädchen? - Ei - per se!
Ob ich der Sehnsucht leises Beben,
Ob ich der Brust verstohl'nes Heben,
Ob ich der Blicke Blitz versteh'?
Ob mir's die Seele nicht durchzucke
Bei warmer Hände warmen Drucke?
Ob? fragst du, Lose? - Ei - per se!
Ob mir, wie dir, im süßen Drange,
Bei zarter Losung frohen Klange,
Das Herz vor Wonnen übergeh'?
Ob ich dich lieb' und an dir hange,
In jedem Bild nur dich umfange? -
Ob? kannst du fragen? - Ei - per se!
Ob du mir aber gut vom Herzen,
Ob's mehr sei, als ein lockend' Scherzen,
Was ich in deinem Auge seh'? -
O nein, das Auge kann nicht trügen,
O nein, die Zunge kann nicht lügen,
Ob du mir gut bist? - Ei - per se!

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Confirmed with: Novelletten von Johann Gabriel Seidl, Wien: Druck und Verlag von J.P. Sollinger, 1839, pages 34-35.


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Question and answer
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
If I have a heart in my breast
That, as gently as a chain of roses,
Twined itself about other people's joys and sorrows?
If these eyes have ever been suffused with tears,
If these lips have ever bestowed kisses?
If? you ask, maiden? - Ah - per se!
If I understand the quite trembling of longing,
If I understand the secret rising of the breast,
If I understand the lightning spark of a glance?
If my soul is not sharply pierced
When feeling the warm pressure of warm hands?
If? you ask, wanton? - Ah - per se!
If for me as for you, in sweet compulsion,
When the joyful sound of a tender watchword sounds,
My heart overflows with rapture?
If I love you and cleave unto you,
In every image embrace only you?
If? you can ask? - Ah - per se!
But if you have a heartfelt fondness for me,
If it be more than a tempting jest
That I see in your eyes?-
Oh no, the eyes cannot deceive,
Oh no, the tongue cannot lie,
If you are fond of me? - Ah - per se!


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