by Christian Dietrich Grabbe (1801 - 1836)
Translation © by Michael P. Rosewall

Ich liebe dich!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wie ein Goldadler reißt der Blitz
sich los vom Gipfel des Himmels;
der Eichwald stürzt vor ihm zu Staub
und flammt dabei empor in seliger Vernichtung.
So sink ich hin zu deinen Füßen, Weib,
und jauchze laut, daß ich dich liebe.


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

  • ENG English (Michael P. Rosewall) , "I love you!", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Peter Donderwinkel

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 6
Word count: 41

I love you!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Just as a golden eagle seizes the lighting
From the summit of the heavens;
Before it the oaken forest crumbles to dust
And burns upward in holy conflagration.
Thus, I bow down to your feet, my wife,
And loudly exult that I love you.


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This text was added to the website: 2020-02-01
Line count: 6
Word count: 44