by Robert Eduard Prutz (1816 - 1872)

Ich will's dir nimmer sagen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ich [will's dir]1 nimmer sagen,
Wie ich so lieb dich hab',
Im Herzen will ich's tragen,
Will [stumm]2 sein wie das Grab.

Kein Lied soll dir's gestehen,
Soll flehen um mein Glück,
Du selber sollst es sehen,
Du selbst -- in meinem Blick.

Und [kannst]3 du es nicht lesen,
Was dort so zärtlich spricht,
So ist's ein Traum gewesen,
Dem Träumer zürne nicht.

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1 Becker, Dorn, Hallet, Hoth, Hoppe, Jonas, Lang, Lassen, Lederer, Naret-Koning, Nodnagel, Nordmann, Rehberg, Roeder, Schaefer, C. Schultz, Simon: "will dir's"; Bradsky, Kauffmann: "will Dir"; further changes may exist for composers with red dots beside their setting information.
2 Lang: "still"
3 Henkel: "willst"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) (Harald Krebs) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Gwendolen Gore) , "My secret"

Research team for this text: John Versmoren , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62