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

Was soll der Zorn, mein Schatz, der dich...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Was soll der Zorn, mein Schatz, der dich erhitzt?
Ich bin mir keiner Sünde ja bewußt,
Ach, lieber nimm ein Messer wohlgespitzt
Und tritt zu mir, durchbohre mir die Brust.
Und taugt ein Messer nicht, so nimm ein Schwert,
Daß meines Blutes Quell gen Himmel fährt.
Und taugt ein Schwert nicht, nimm des Dolches Stahl
Und wasch' in meinem Blut all meine Qual.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 59.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "Why this rage, my darling, that inflames you?", 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: 2004-01-17
Line count: 8
Word count: 63

Why this rage, my darling, that inflames you?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Why this rage, my darling, that inflames you?
I am conscious of no sin.
Ah, rather take a well-sharpened knife
And come to me, and pierce  my breast.
And if a knife does not serve, take a sword,
That the fountain of my blood ascends to heaven.
And if a sword  doesn't serve, take a steel dagger
And wash in my blood all my  torment.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-17
Line count: 8
Word count: 65