by Ludwig Heinrich Christoph Hölty (1748 - 1776) and by Johann Heinrich Voss (1751 - 1826)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Unter Blüten des Mais spielt' ich mit...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Unter Blüten des Mais spielt' ich mit ihrer Hand,
Koste [liebend]1 mit ihr, schaute mein schwebendes
Bild im Auge des Mädchens,
Raubt' ihr bebend den ersten Kuß.

Zuckend fliegt nun der Kuß, wie ein versengend Feu'r,
Mir durch Mark und Gebein. Du, die Unsterblichkeit
Durch die Lippen mir sprühte,
Wehe, wehe mir Kühlung zu!

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Note: this text was published posthumously in an altered form by Johann Heinrich Voss.

1 Bachmann (and some editions of Hölty): "liebelnd"


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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De kus", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "The kiss", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Il bacio", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 54

Il bacio
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Sotto i fiori del Maggio giocavo con la mano di lei,
e mentre amoreggiavo caramente con lei, e contemplavo la mia immagine
sospesa negli occhi della fanciulla,
le rubai, tutto tremante, il primo bacio.
In un palpito vola ora il primo bacio, come una fiamma
Che mi brucia nel sangue e nelle ossa. Tu che con le tue labbra
mi hai donato l'immortalità,
alita ora in me refrigerio!


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This text was added to the website: 2008-11-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 68