by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by John Todhunter (1839 - 1916)

O schwöre nicht und küsse nur
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
O schwöre nicht und küsse nur,
Ich glaube keinem Weiberschwur!
Dein Wort ist süß, doch süßer ist
Der Kuß, den ich dir abgeküßt!
Den hab ich, und dran glaub ich auch,
Das Wort ist eitel Dunst und Hauch.

O schwöre, Liebchen, immerfort,
Ich glaube dir aufs bloße Wort!
An deinen Busen sink ich hin,
Und glaube, daß ich selig bin;
Ich glaube, Liebchen, ewiglich,
Und noch viel länger, liebst du mich.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 122.


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O kiss me only, do not swear
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
O kiss me only, do not swear,
All women's oaths I count but air!
Your words are sweet, but sweeter still
That kiss I took against your will!
I keep it, trust it too till death,
A vow's but smoke and empty breath.

O swear, my dearest girl, swear on,
I'll trust thee on thy word alone!
And when I sink upon thy breast,
Firmly believe that I am blest;
Dear, I'll believe thy love for me
Long will outlast eternity.

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Text added to the website: 2009-03-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:59
Line count: 12
Word count: 81