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

Heb' auf dein blondes Haupt und schlafe...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE HEB
Heb' auf dein blondes Haupt und schlafe nicht,
Und laß dich ja vom Schlummer nicht betören.
Ich sage dir vier Worte von Gewicht,
Von denen darfst du keines überhören.
Das erste: daß um dich mein Herze bricht,
Das zweite: dir nur will ich angehören,
Das dritte: daß ich dir mein Heil befehle,
Das letzte: dich allein liebt meine Seele.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 14.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "Lift up your blond head and do not sleep", 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) , "הרימי את ראשך הבלונדיני", 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: 59

Lift up your blond head and do not sleep
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Lift up your blond head and do not sleep,
 And do not let yourself be lured by slumber.
 I will tell you four things of weight,
 None of which must you miss.
 The first: for you my heart is breaking,
 The second: I want to belong only to you,
 The third: that I entrust my salvation to you,
 The last: my soul loves you alone.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 66