by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Donna (Bareket) Breitzer

Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen:
Ach, wäre doch ein [Musikus]1 mir gut!
Nun ließ der Herr mich meinen Wunsch erlangen
Und schickt mir einen, [ganz]2 wie Milch und Blut.
Da kommt er eben her mit sanfter Miene,
Und senkt den Kopf und spielt die Violine.

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Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 21.

1 Goetz: "Musicus"
1 Goetz: "fast"


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "How long has my yearning always been", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Alberto Pedrotti , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-09
Line count: 6
Word count: 47

How long has my yearning always been
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 How long has my yearning always been:
 Ah, if only a musician loved me!
 Now the lord has granted me my wish
 And sends me one, all pink and white.
 Here he comes, with gentle mien,
 And lowers his head, and plays the violin.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-11-09
Line count: 6
Word count: 45