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

Heut Nacht erhob ich mich um Mitternacht
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Heut Nacht erhob ich mich um Mitternacht,
Da war mein Herz mir heimlich fortgeschlichen.
Ich frug: Herz, wohin stürmst du so mit Macht?
Es sprach: Nur Euch zu sehn, sei es entwichen.
Nun sieh, wie muß es um mein Lieben stehn:
Mein Herz entweicht der Brust, um dich zu sehn!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 37.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "Last night I rose at midnight", 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: 6
Word count: 50

Last night I rose at midnight
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Last night I rose at midnight,
Because my heart had furtively stole away.
I asked: heart, where are you rushing so furiously?
It spoke: only to see you, had it run away.
Now see, how it must be with my love:
My heart escapes from my breast to see you.


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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-17
Line count: 6
Word count: 50