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

Ihr seid die Allerschönste weit und...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ihr seid die Allerschönste weit und breit,
Viel schöner als im Mai der Blumenflor.
Orvieto's Dom steigt so voll Herrlichkeit,
Viterbo's größter Brunnen nicht empor.
So hoher Reiz und Zauber ist dein eigen,
Der Dom von Siena muß sich vor dir neigen.
Ach, du bist so an Reiz und Anmuth reich,
Der Dom von Siena selbst ist dir nicht gleich.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 20.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "You are the fairest far and wide", 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: 60

You are the fairest far and wide
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You are the fairest far and wide,
Much fairer than flowers in May.
Orvieto's cathedral does   not rise so glorious,
Nor Viterbo's grandest fountain.
Such lofty charm and magic are your own,
Siena cathedral must bow before you.
Oh, you are so rich in charm and grace,
Even Siena cathedral is not your peer.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 54