by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Franklin Johnson

Lehn deine Wang' an meine Wang'
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Lehn deine Wang' an meine Wang',
Dann fliessen die Tränen zusammen;
Und an mein Herz drück fest dein Herz,
Dann schlagen zusammen die Flammen!

Und wenn in die große Flamme fliesst
Der Strom von unsern Tränen,
Und wenn [dich mein Arm]1 gewaltig umschließt -
Sterb' ich vor Liebessehnen!

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 115.

1 Jensen: "mein Arm dich"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Posa la teva galta en la meva", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Leg nu je wang", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lay your cheek against my cheek", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Charles Godfrey Leland) , appears in The works of Heinrich Heine, first published 1900
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 6, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Poggia la tua guancia alla mia guancia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Aleksander Kraushar) , no title, first published 1880


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Last modified: 2016-12-02 19:09:49
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Lean close thy cheek against my cheek
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lean close thy cheek against my cheek,
That our tears together may blend, love,
And press thy heart upon my heart,
That from both one flame may ascend, love!

And while in that flame so doubly bright
Our tears are falling and burning,
And while in my arms I clasp thee tight,
I will die with love and yearning.

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Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2012-11-05 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:59
Line count: 8
Word count: 59