by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
Bedeckt mich mit Blumen,
Ich sterbe vor Liebe.
Daß die Luft mit leisem Wehen
nicht den süßen Duft [mir]1 entführe,
    Bedeckt mich!
[Ist ja alles doch dasselbe, 
Liebesodem oder Düfte 
    Von Blumen.]2
Von Jasmin und weißen Lilien
sollt ihr hier mein Grab bereiten,
    Ich sterbe. 
Und befragt ihr mich: Woran?
sag' ich: Unter süßen Qualen
    Vor Liebe.

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1 omitted by Rubinstein
2 omitted by Schumann.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Duet 'Bedek mij met bloemen'", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Constance Bache) , "O'erstrew me with flowers"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Couvre moi de fleurs, je meurs", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Ricopritemi di fiori", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Cubridme con flores", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-03
Line count: 14
Word count: 57

Cover me with flowers
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Cover me with flowers;
I am dying of love.
[Cover me] so that the breeze with its light wafting
May not carry the sweet scent away [from me,]2
    Cover me!
[For it is all the same,
The breath of love or scents
    Of flowers.]2
Of jasmine and white lilies
You are to prepare my grave here;
    I am dying.
And if you ask me: Of what?
I say: In sweet agony
    Of love.

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Translated titles:
"Bedeckt mich mit Blumen" = "Cover me with flowers"
"Ich sterbe vor Liebe" = "I am dying of love"
"Duett" = "Duet"
"Liebestod" = "Love death"

1 omitted by Rubinstein
2 omitted by Schumann.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-04
Line count: 14
Word count: 73