by Bernhardine Schulze-Smidt (1846 - 1920), as Ernst Oswald
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Purpurmund! sammetne Augen!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Turkish (Türkçe) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Purpurmund! sammetne Augen!
Stolze Tulpe, des Gartens Zier --
Neige dich, Schlanke, der Gluthbegier
   Wonne zu saugen!

Feuerblume! [doch]1 wisse:
Besser wär' es der Lieb' und dir,
Neigtest du zagende Lippen mir,
   Gleich der Narzisse!

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Confirmed with: Rosenblätter. Lieder und Sprüche des Volkssängers und Improvisators Assim-Agha Gül hanedé, Dem Neutürkischen nachgedichtet von Bernhardine Schulze-Smidt, Leipzig: Verlag von Schmidt & Günther, 1893, page 28.

1 Erdmannsdörfer-Fichtner: "o"


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Crimson lips! velvet eyes!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Crimson lips! velvet eyes!
Proud tulip, the adornment of the garden --
Incline yourself, slender one, to imbibe
The bliss of glowing desire!

Fire-flower! [but]1 know:
It would be better for love and for you,
If you inclined tremulous lips to me,
   As the narcissus does!

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Translations of title(s):
"Tulpe" = "Tulip"
"Tulpe (Lalé)" = "Tulip (Lalé)"

1 Erdmannsdörfer-Fichtner: "oh"


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