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

Wüßt' ich gewiß, daß es mein Liebster...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Wüßt' ich gewiß, daß es mein Liebster hörte,
Mit lauter Stimme fing' ich an zu singen.
Zu viele Berg' und Thäler sind dazwischen,
Und meine Stimme kann [nicht zu ihm]1 dringen.
Ach, dränge zu ihm hin mein lauter Schmerz,
Zufrieden gäbe sich dies arme Herz!

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Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 44.

1 Goetz: "zu ihm nicht"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "If I knew for certain that my beloved would hear it", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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If I knew for certain that my beloved would hear it
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
If I knew for certain that my beloved would hear it,
I would start singing in a loud voice.
Too many mountains and valleys are between us,
And my voice cannot reach all the way to him.
Ah, if my deep pain could but reach him,
Then this poor heart of mine would be content!


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This text was added to the website: 2020-12-11
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Word count: 55