by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Wie sehr ich dein, soll ich dir sagen?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wie sehr ich dein, soll ich dir sagen?
Ich weiß es nicht und will nicht fragen:
Mein Herz behalte seine Kunde,
Wie [tief]1 es dein im Grunde.

O still! ich möchte sonst erschrecken,
Könnt' ich die Stelle nicht entdecken,
Die unzerstört für Gott verbliebe
Beim Tode deiner Liebe.

About the headline (FAQ)

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1 Franz: "sehr"


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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2015
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ne demande pas", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 48

How very much I am yours ‑ should I tell...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
How very much I am yours - should I tell you?
I do not know and do not even wish to ask:
My heart guards the secret
Of just how deep its love is for you.

Oh hush! for I would be terrified
If I could not find a place [in my heart]
That would remain intact for God alone,
If your own love were to die.

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Frage nicht" = "Do not ask"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-11-29
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Word count: 67