by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Ich liebe dich, weil ich dich lieben...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich liebe dich, weil ich dich lieben muß;
Ich liebe dich, weil ich nicht anders kann;
Ich liebe dich nach einem Himmelsschluß;
Ich liebe dich durch einen Zauberbann. 

Dich [lieb]1 ich, wie die Rose ihren Strauch;
Dich lieb ich, wie die Sonne ihren Schein;
Dich lieb ich, weil du bist mein Lebenshauch;
Dich lieb ich, weil dich lieben ist mein Sein.

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1 Bachlund, Liszt: "liebe" (passim in this stanza)

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I love you", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "I love but thee"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
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Word count: 61

I love you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I love you because I must love you;
I love you because I know nothing else;
I'll love you to the end of days,
I love you as one enchanted.

I love you as a rose loves its branches;
I love you as the sun loves its shine;
I love you because you are my life's breath;
I love you because to love you is my existence.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

    Emily Ezust permits her translations to be reproduced without prior permission for printed (not online) programs to free-admission concerts only, provided the following credit is given:

    Translation copyright © by Emily Ezust,
    from the LiederNet Archive -- https://www.lieder.net/

    For any other purpose, please write to the e-mail address below to request permission and discuss possible fees.


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:48
Line count: 8
Word count: 67