by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Charles Godfrey Leland (1824 - 1903)

Sie haben heut' abend Gesellschaft
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Sie [haben]1 heut' abend Gesellschaft
Und das Haus ist lichterfüllt.
Dort oben am [hohen]2 Fenster
Bewegt sich ein Schattenbild.

Du [siehst]3 mich nicht, im Dunkeln
Steh' ich hier unten allein,
Noch weniger kannst du schauen
In mein dunkles Herz hinein.

Mein dunkles Herze liebt dich,
Es liebt dich und es bricht,
[Es]4 brich und zuckt und verblutet,
[Du aber]5 siehst es nicht.

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1 Geisler, Thalberg: "hat"
2 Pfitzner: "hellen"
3 Pfitzner: "schaust"
4 Pfitzner: "Und"
5 Pfitzner: "Aber du"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Tenen convidats aquest vespre", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "They have company tonight", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Emma Lazarus) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Hanno ospiti stasera", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62

Tonight there's music and dancing
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tonight there's music and dancing,
and the house is gleaming bright;
above on yonder window
there's a shadow against the light.

Thou seest me not in the darkness,
I stand here alone apart.
Still less canst thou be gazing
into my gloomy, gloomy heart.

My gloomy heart still loves thee,
it loves thee, tho' forgot,
and breaks and throbs and is bleeding,
but thou, thou seest it not.

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Researcher for this text: Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2020-09-21
Line count: 12
Word count: 68