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

Nun laß uns Frieden schließen, liebstes...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE HEB
Nun laß uns Frieden schließen, liebstes Leben,
Zu lang ist's schon, daß wir in Fehde liegen.
Wenn du nicht willst, will ich mich dir ergeben;
Wie könnten wir uns auf den Tod bekriegen?
Es schließen Frieden Könige und Fürsten,
Und sollten Liebende nicht [danach]1 dürsten?
Es schließen Frieden Fürsten und Soldaten,
Und sollt' es zwei Verliebten wohl mißrathen?
Meinst du, daß, was so großen Herrn gelingt,
Ein Paar zufriedner Herzen nicht vollbringt?

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Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 54.

1 Wolf: "darnach"


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "Now let us make peace, dearest life", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "ועכשו הבה נעשה שלום", copyright © 2014, (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: 10
Word count: 72

Now let us make peace, dearest life
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Now let us make peace, dearest life.
 It has been too long that we have feuded.
 If you are unwilling, I will yield to you;
 How could we wage war to the death?
 Kings and princes make peace,
 And should not lovers crave it?
 Princes and soldiers make  peace -
 Should two who are in love fail to do likewise?
 Do you think that what such great men succeed in,
 A pair of contented hearts shall not accomplish?


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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-29
Line count: 10
Word count: 79