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

Die du bist so schön und rein
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Die du bist so schön und rein,
[Wunnevolles]1 Magedein,
Deinem Dienste ganz allein
Möcht' ich wohl mein Leben weihn.

Deine süßen Äugelein
Glänzen mild wie Mondesschein;
Helle Rosenlichter streun
Deine rothen Wängelein.
Und aus deinem Mündchen klein
Blinkt's hervor wie Perlenreihn;
Doch den schönsten Edelstein
Hegt dein stiller Busenschrein.
Fromme Minne mag es sein,
Was mir drang ins Herz hinein,
Als ich weiland schaute dein,
[Wunnevolles]1 Magedein!

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Confirmed with Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine, Achtundvierzigste Auflage, Hamburg: Hoffmann und Campe, 1882, page 267; in this edition the poem has no title.

1 Franz: "wonnevolles"


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 English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Edward Nicholls.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Louis C. de Coppet.

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (John Sullivan Dwight) , "Thou that art so pure and bright"

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 67

You who are so lovely and pure
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You who are so lovely and pure,
Delightful maiden,
To your service alone
I would like to dedicate my life.
Your sweet eyes
Shine as mildly as moonlight;
Your red cheeks
Strew bright rosy lights.
And from your little mouth
A row of pearls gleams forth;
But the most beautiful precious stone
Is cherished with the silent shrine of your bosom.
It may well be devout courtly love
That forced its way into my heart,
When I recently saw you,
Delightful maiden!

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Translated titles:
"Minnegruß" = "Greeting of courtly love"
"Wonnevolles Mägdelein" = "Delightful maiden"
"Die du bist so schön und rein" = "You who are so lovely and pure"
"Liedchen" = "Little song"
"Minnelied" = "Song of courtly love"
"Huldigung" = "Homage"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-07-03
Line count: 16
Word count: 82