by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Iain Sneddon

Ach ihr lieben Äuglein
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ach ihr lieben Äuglein,
ach ihr blauen Äuglein,
gebe doch der Himmel,
daß ihr mein gedenkt!

Da ich kam zu scheiden
und zuletzt an deine Tür zu klopfen,
aus den Äuglein beiden 
stürzten bitterliche Tropfen.
Ach! ein Todesleiden! 
Wenn du schlafen gehst, 
wenn du frühe auf vom Lager stehst.
Gebe doch der Himmel, 
Daß du mein gedenkst!

Ach, daß ich nur wüsste,
wo nun deine Blicke sich ergehen,
daß ein Windeswehen 
mir ein jedes Seufzen künden müsste,
künden, ob die jungen Brüste 
noch so schmerzlich wogen,
weil der liebste Mann hinweggezogen!
Gebe doch der Himmel, 
Daß du mein gedenkst!

Keine Stunde trüge 
ich dies Schweifen so im dunkeln Schmerzen,
ohne daß mein Herze
nach dem Lichte seines Lebens früge.
Äuglein, wenn ich lüge,
bittet Gott, daß mich der Blitz erschlage!
Wenn ich lautre Wahrheit sage,
Gebe doch der Himmel, 
Daß ihr mein gedenkt.

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Confirmed with Spanisches Liederbuch, by Emanuel Geibel and Paul Heyse, Wilhelm Hertz, Berlin, 1852, pages 145-146.

Note: in many older editions, the spelling of the word "Äugelein" becomes "Aeugelein", but as can be seen in how "über" becomes "Ueber" when capitalized, this is due to the printing process and not to rules of orthography, so we use "Äugelein".


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  • ENG English (Iain Sneddon) , "Little blue eyes", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Little blue eyes
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh, her dear little eyes,
oh her little blue eyes,
pray to heaven,
that you remember me!

Since I came to part
and for the last time knocked on your door,
from both your eyes
bitter teardrops fell.
Oh! it is a deathly pain, 
when going to sleep,
When getting up early from the camp bed.
Pray to heaven 
that you remember me.

Oh, if I only knew
where your gaze is now directed,
would that a sad wind blew
your every sigh to me,
to tell me if your young heart
is still weighed down with pain
because the dearest man was pulled away!
Pray to heaven 
that you remember me.

It is no time to deceive
I wander aimlessly in this dark pain,
without that my heart
yearns after the light of its life.
Little eyes, if I lie,
ask God to strike me with lightning
When I proclaim the truth.
Pray to heaven 
that she remembers me.


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