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

Mögen alle bösen Zungen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Spanish (Español) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE SPA
Mögen alle bösen Zungen
Immer sprechen, was beliebt:
Wer mich liebt, den lieb' ich wieder,
Und ich [lieb' und]1 bin geliebt.

Schlimme, schlimme Reden flüstern
eure Zungen schonungslos,
doch ich weiß es, sie sind lüstern
nach unschuld'gem Blute bloß.
Nimmer soll es mich bekümmern,
schwatzt so viel es euch beliebt;
wer mich liebt, den lieb' ich wieder,
und ich [lieb' und]1 bin geliebt.

Zur Verleumdung sich verstehet 
Nur, wem Lieb' und Gunst gebrach,
Weil's ihm selber elend gehet,
Und ihn niemand [minnt]2 und mag.
Darum denk' ich, daß die Liebe, 
Drum sie schmähn, mir Ehre giebt;
Wer mich liebt, den lieb' ich wieder,
Und ich [lieb' und]1 bin geliebt.

Wenn ich wär' aus Stein und Eisen,
Möchtet ihr darauf bestehn,
Daß ich sollte von mir weisen
Liebesgruß und Liebesflehn.
Doch mein Herzlein ist nun leider
Weich, wie's Gott uns [Mädchen]3 giebt;
Wer mich liebt, den lieb' ich wieder,
Und ich [lieb' und]1 bin geliebt.

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1 Schumann: "weiss, ich"
2 Schumann: "nimmt"
3 Schumann: "Menschen"

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ik word bemind", 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
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Je suis aimée", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Abel Alamillo Fernández) , "Zungen Dejad que las malas lenguas", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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May all evil tongues
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
May all evil tongues
Speak ever what they wish:
Whoever loves me, I love in return,
And I [love and]1 am loved.
 
Evil, evil gossip is mercilessly
Whispered by your tongues,
But I know that they are only
Craving the blood of the guiltless.
It shall never trouble me,
Gossip as much as you please;
Whoever loves me, I love in return,
And I [love and]1 am loved.
 
Slander is understood [and practised]
Only by those who are lacking in love and favour,
Because they themselves are miserable,
And no one [loves]2 or likes them.
Therefore I think that the love
For which they revile [me], gives me honour;
Whoever loves me, I love in return,
And I [love and]1 am loved.
 
If I were made of stone and iron,
You could insist
That I should spurn
Love’s greetings and pleadings.
But my heart is unfortunately
Soft, the way God gives them to us [maidens]3;
Whoever loves me, I love in return,
And I [love and]1 am loved.

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Translated titles:
"Böse Zungen" = "Evil tongues"
"Mögen alle bösen Zungen" = "May all evil tongues"
"Ich bin geliebt" = "I am loved"
1 Schumann: "know that I"
2 Schumann: "chooses"
3 Schumann: "people"

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