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

Bist du wirklich mir so feindlich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Bist du [wirklich]1 mir so feindlich,
Bist du wirklich ganz verwandelt?
Aller Welt will ich es klagen,
Daß du mich so schlecht behandelt.

O ihr undankbaren Lippen,
Sagt, wie könnt ihr Böses sagen
Von dem Manne, der so liebend
Euch geküßt, in schönen Tagen.

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1 Dmitrieff: "immer"; further changes may exist not noted.


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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ; composed by Marguerite Radclyffe Hall.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Emma Lazarus (1849 - 1887) , appears in Poems and Ballads of Heinrich Heine, first published 1881 FRE ; composed by Constantin Silvestri.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ENG FRE ; composed by Valery Gavrilin.

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This text was added to the website: 2008-02-26
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

M'es‑tu vraiment si hostile
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
M'es-tu vraiment si hostile,
Es-tu vraiment complètement métamorphosée?
Au monde entier je vais me plaindre
De tes si mauvais traitements.

Ô vous lèvres sans merci,
Dites, comment pouvez-vous dire du mal
De l'homme qui avec tant d'amour
Vous a embrassées au beaux jours.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-04-27
Line count: 8
Word count: 43