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

Die Welt ist so schön und der Himmel so...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Die Welt ist so schön und der Himmel so blau,
Und die Lüfte die wehen so lind und so lau,
Und die Blumen winken auf blühender Au,
Und funkeln und glitzern im Morgentau,
Und die Menschen jubeln, wohin ich schau, --
Und doch möcht ich im Grabe liegen,
Und mich an mein totes Liebchen schmiegen.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 135.


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This text was added to the website: 2008-02-21
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The world is so lovely and the sky so...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
The world is so lovely and the sky so blue,
And the breezes, they blow so gently and warmly,
And the flowers beckon upon the blooming meadow,
And sparkle and glitter in the morning dew,
And the people rejoice wherever I gaze, --
And yet I would like to be lying in the grave
And nestle up to my dead love.

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Translations of title(s):
"Doch möcht ich" = "Yet I would like"
"Die Welt ist so schön" = "The world is so lovely"
"Die Welt ist so schön und der Himmel so blau" = "The world is so lovely and the sky so blue"


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This text was added to the website: 2019-02-16
Line count: 7
Word count: 60