by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ich weiß nicht, wie's geschieht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ich weiß nicht, wie's geschieht,
Daß, was mein Herz auch singt,
Mir immerdar ins Lied
Ein Klang der Liebe klingt;

Daß ich nicht schweigen kann
Von ihrem Paradies,
Wiewohl aus seinem Bann
Man lange mich verstieß.

Dann ahn' ich selber kaum:
Sing' ich von künft'gem Glück?
Sing' ich den süßen Traum
Der Jugend mir zurück?

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Gedichte von Emanuel Geibel, Vierzehnte Auflage, Berlin: Verlag von Alexander Duncker, 1849, page 99.


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I do not know how it happens
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I do not know how it happens
That whatever my heart sings,
Always a sound of love
Rings out in my song;

That I cannot be silent
About [love's] paradise,
Although for a long time already
I have been banished from its enchantment.

Then I myself hardly can tell:
Do I sing of future happiness?
Do I sing the sweet dream
Of youth back for myself?

About the headline (FAQ)

Translations of title(s):
"Ich weiss nicht, wie’s geschieht" = "I do not know how it happens"
"Lied" = "Song"


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