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

Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Was für ein Lied soll dir gesungen werden,
Das deiner würdig sei? Wo find' ich's nur?
Am liebsten grüb' ich es tief aus der Erden,
Gesungen noch von keiner Creatur.
Ein Lied, das weder Mann noch Weib bis heute
Hört' oder sang, selbst nicht die ältsten Leute.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 62.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "What song should I sing", 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: 2003-12-30
Line count: 6
Word count: 47

What song should I sing
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 What song should I sing, that would
 Be worthy of you? Where  would I find it?
 I'd like best to dig it  deep out of the earth,
 Still unsung by any creature.
 A song, that no man or woman until today
 Has heard or sung,  not even the oldest person.


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This text was added to the website: 2003-12-30
Line count: 6
Word count: 51