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

Selig ihr Blinden, die ihr nicht zu...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Selig ihr Blinden, die ihr nicht zu schauen
Vermögt die Reize, die uns Glut entfachen;
Selig ihr Tauben, die ihr ohne Grauen
Die Klagen der Verliebten könnt verlachen;
Selig ihr Stummen, die ihr nicht den Frauen
Könnt eure Herzensnot verständlich machen;
Selig ihr Toten, die man hat begraben!
Ihr sollt vor Liebesqualen Ruhe haben.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 13.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "Blessed be you blind who cannot see", 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: 2003-12-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 54

Blessed be you blind who cannot see
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Blessed be you blind who cannot see
Those charms that fan our ardor;
Blessed you deaf who, unappalled,
Can laugh away the laments of lovers;
Blessed you dumb who cannot convey 
Your distress of heart to women;
Blessed you dead, you who are  buried!
You shall have peace from  love's torments.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 51