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

Bedeckt mich mit Blumen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
Bedeckt mich mit Blumen,
Ich sterbe vor Liebe.
Daß die Luft mit leisem Wehen
nicht den süßen Duft mir entführe,
    Bedeckt mich!
Ist ja alles doch dasselbe, 
Liebesodem oder Düfte 
    Von Blumen.
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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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • 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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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,
    Cover me!
For it is all the same,
The breath of love or scents
    Of flowers.
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"


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