by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wenn du mir vorüberwandelst
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wenn du mir vorüberwandelst,
Und dein Kleid berührt mich nur,
Jubelt dir mein Herz, und stürmisch
Folgt es deiner schönen Spur.

[Dann]1 drehst du dich um, und schaust mich
Mit den großen Augen an,
[Und mein Herz ist]2 so erschrocken,
Daß es kaum dir folgen kann.

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1 Reissiger: "Doch"
2 Reissiger: "ist mein Herz gleich"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "When you walk past me", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Lorsque tu passes près de moi", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2008-04-11
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Word count: 46

When you walk past me
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When you walk past me,
And your garment only just touches me,
My heart turns to you with rejoicing, and stormily
It follows your beautiful trace.
[Then]2 you turn, and gaze at me
With your great eyes,
[And my heart is]2 so startled
That it can scarcely follow you.

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1 Reissiger: "But if "
2 Reissiger: "My heart is immediately"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-10-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 49