by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Lieb' Liebchen, leg's Händchen aufs...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA
Lieb' Liebchen, leg's Händchen [aufs]1 Herze mein; -
Ach, hörst du, wie's [pochet]2 im Kämmerlein?
Da hauset ein Zimmermann schlimm und arg,
Der zimmert mir einen Totensarg.

[Es]3 hämmert und klopfet bei Tag und bei Nacht;
[Es]3 hat mich schon längst um den Schlaf gebracht.
Ach! sputet Euch, Meister Zimmermann,
Damit ich [balde]4 schlafen kann.

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Note: first titled "Der Zimmermann"; later titled "Holzmeyer"
1 Medtner: "auf" [sic]
2 Lange-Müller: "pocht"
3 Lange-Müller: "Er"
4 Lachner: "bald"; Franz: "nun balde"

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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)


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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by H. Beverans ; composed by Frank Valentin Van der Stucken.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Liza Lehmann.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Robert Caby.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Aleksei Ivanovich Mashistov ; composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Gabriel Linsén.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lief liefje, voel 't hart eens", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Dear sweetheart, lay your hand on my heart", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Daniel Platt) , "My dear, lay your hand here", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Chère bien‑aimée, pose tes petites mains sur mon cœur", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Amore mio, posa la mano sul mio cuore", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Grant Hicks , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-10-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2018-12-31 11:58:18
Line count: 8
Word count: 55

Dear sweetheart, lay your hand on my heart
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Dear sweetheart, lay your hand on my heart; -
 ah, do you hear the hammering inside?
 inside there lives a carpenter, wicked and evil:
 he's building my coffin.
 
 He hammers and pounds by day and by night;
 it has been a long time since I could sleep.
 Ah, hurry, Mister Carpenter,
 finish so that I can sleep.

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:

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    from the LiederNet Archive -- https://www.lieder.net/

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Text added to the website: 2003-10-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:56
Line count: 8
Word count: 58