by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation Singable translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937)

Sie liebten sich beide, doch keiner
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE ITA
  Sie liebten sich beide, doch keiner
Wollt' es dem andern gestehn;
Sie sahen sich an so feindlich,
Und wollten vor Liebe vergehn.

  Sie trennten sich endlich und [sahn]1 sich
Nur noch zuweilen im Traum;
Sie waren [längst]2 gestorben
Und wußten es selber kaum.

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Confirmed with: Heinrich Heine’s sämtliche Werke in vier Bänden, herausgegeben von Otto F. Lachmann, Erster Band, Leipzig: Druck und Verlag von Philipp Reclam jun, [1887], page 131.

1 Backer-Grøndahl, White: "sahen"
2 Backer-Grøndahl: "schon längst"

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Danish (Dansk), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Agathe Ursula Backer-Grøndahl.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Mary Grant Carmichael.
  • Also set in English, a translation by C. N. Scott ; composed by Horace Rumbold.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Elizabeth Henrietta Keeling (d. 1935) ; composed by Marie L. Shedlock.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) , "They loved each other" ; composed by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Robert Caby.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Léon-Émile Petitdidier (1839 - 1927) ; composed by Sylvio Lazzari, né Josef Fortunat Silvester Lazzari.
  • Also set in Greek (Ελληνικά), a translation by Manolis Kalomiris (1883 - 1962) ; composed by Manolis Kalomiris.
  • Also set in Japanese (日本語), a translation by Chuya Nakahara (1907 - 1937) ; composed by Tsuguji Murai.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Mikhail Yur'yevich Lermontov (1814 - 1841) , no title ; composed by Anton Stepanovich Arensky, Feliks Mikhailovich Blumenfeld, Nikolai Nikolayevich Cherepnin, Boleslav Viktorovich Grodzky, Dmitry Mikheyevich Melkikh, Nikolai Yakovlevich Myaskovsky.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Verliefd waren beiden", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Kenneth Smith) , "They once loved each other", copyright © 1996, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ils s'aimaient tous les deux", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Tous deux s'aimaient, pourtant aucun", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Si amavano entrambi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2019-10-28 12:16:19
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They loved each other
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
They loved each other, yet neither
Owned to his love for the other[;]
Their bearing was cold and unfriendly
And yet they adored each other.

They parted at last and never met
Except in dreamland at night
And now they're dead and never
Can read their hearts aright.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2013-09-24 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:37
Line count: 8
Word count: 48