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

Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE HEB
Und willst du deinen Liebsten sterben sehen,
So trage nicht dein Haar gelockt, du Holde.
Laß von den Schultern frei sie niederwehen;
Wie Fäden sehn sie aus von purem Golde.
Wie goldne Fäden, die der Wind bewegt - 
  Schön sind die Haare, schön ist, die sie trägt!
Goldfäden, Seidenfäden ungezählt -
  Schön sind die Haare, schön ist, die sie strählt!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 34.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "And if you see your lover die", 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) , "ואם את רוצה לראות את אהובך מת", 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: 8
Word count: 60

And if you see your lover die
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
And if you see your lover die,
Don't wear your hair in curls, darling.
Let it tumble free from  your shoulders;
Like golden threads it looks like pure gold.
Like golden threads, stirred by the wind -
Beautiful is the hair,  beautiful is she who bears it!
Golden threads, silken threads  innumerable -
Beautiful is the hair, beautiful is she who combs it!

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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 63