by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Die Jahre kommen und gehen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Die Jahre kommen und gehen,
Geschlechter steigen ins Grab,
doch nimmer vergeht die Liebe,
die ich im Herzen hab.

Nur einmal noch möcht ich dich sehen,
und sinken vor dir aufs Knie,
und sterbend zu dir sprechen:
Madame, ich liebe Sie!

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • Also set in Danish (Dansk), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG FRE ITA ; composed by Peter Arnold Heise.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG FRE ; composed by Arturo Toscanini.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 41

Les années vont et viennent
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Les années vont et viennent,
Les générations s'entassent au tombeau,
Pourtant jamais ne disparaît l'amour
Que j'ai au coeur.

Je voudrais te voir encore juste une fois,
Et devant toi tomber à genoux,
Et en mourant te dire:
Madame1 je vous aime!

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This text was added to the website: 2009-04-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 42