by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Das Fensterlein
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Du Fensterlein, du mit dem neuen Lädchen,
Mit blanken Scheiben leuchtend gleich dem Golde,
Warum verbirgst du mir mein süßes Mädchen?
Ach, laß mich sie erblicken, meine Holde.
 
Wie angehext kann ich nicht von dir gehen,
Die Stunden schwinden hin, ich bin geblieben.
Ich möchte doch so gern dich offen sehen!
Du schnödes Fenster, weißt du nichts vom Lieben?
 
Will ich zur Kirche, kann ich nicht vorüber,
Weihwasser nehm' ich rasch und gehe wieder.
Im Bette lieg' ich schlaflos, wie im Fieber --
Verzaubert hast du mir ach! Herz und Glieder.

W. von Baußnern sets stanzas 1-2

Beneath the title: (Napolitanisch)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 210.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The little window", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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The little window
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You little window, you with the new shutter,
With windowpanes that shine like gold,
Why do you conceal my sweet girl from me?
Ah, let me glimpse her, my lovely one.

As if bewitched I cannot go from you;
The hours pass, I have remained.
I would so dearly love to see you open!
You disdainful window, do you know nothing of loving?

If I wish to go to church, I cannot go by,
I hastily take some holy water and leave again.
Sleepless I lie in bed, as if in a fever --
You have ensorcelled, ah! my heart and my limbs.

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This text was added to the website: 2021-02-07
Line count: 12
Word count: 102