by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Shula Keller

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE FRE ITA
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges,
Herzliebchen, trag ich dich fort,
Fort nach den Fluren des Ganges,
Dort weiß ich den schönsten Ort;

Dort liegt ein [rotblühender]1 Garten
Im stillen Mondenschein,
Die Lotosblumen erwarten
Ihr trautes Schwesterlein.

Die Veilchen kichern und kosen,
Und schaun nach den Sternen empor,
Heimlich erzählen die Rosen
Sich duftende Märchen ins Ohr.

Es hüpfen herbei und lauschen
Die frommen, klugen Gazelln,
Und in der Ferne rauschen
Des [heiligen]2 Stromes Well'n.

Dort wollen wir niedersinken
Unter dem Palmenbaum,
Und Liebe und Ruhe trinken,
Und träumen seligen Traum.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 117.

1 Lachner: "blühender"
2 Mendelssohn: "heilgen"


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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Gérard Labrunie (1808 - 1855) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 9 ; composed by Marcel Bertrand, Maurice Delage, Georges Adolphe Hüe, Émile Trépard.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Abel Nathan ; composed by Abel Nathan.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Giosuè Carducci (1835 - 1907) ; composed by Guido Alberto Fano, Vincenzo Tommasini, Francesco Paolo Tosti.
  • Also set in Ukrainian (Українська), a translation by Larisa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka (1871 - 1913) ; composed by Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko.

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

  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "På Sangens Tonevinger", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Op vleugels van gezangen", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Marty Lucas) , "On wings of song", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "On wings of song", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Charles Beltjens) , no title, appears in Intermezzo lyrique, no. 9, first published 1827
  • FRE French (Français) (Dina Levias) , "Sur les ailes de mon chant", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Sulle ali del canto", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Aleksander Kraushar) , no title, appears in Pieśni Heinego, in Intermezzo, no. 9, first published 1880

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

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On wings of song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
On wings of song, my darling, 
I'll carry you away --
To beautiful fields of the Ganges  -- 
where softest grasses sway.

Its red flower garden now blossoms --
in moonlight's silver glow;
The lotus-flowers await you, 
sisters' loving to know.

The violets murmur in laughter -- 
gazing at stars above;
The roses' secrets are whispered -- 
in fragrant tales of love.

With wistful glances are peering, 
the radiant, slender gazelles;  
The holy stream is flowing --
in distant waves and swells.

And there we will sink in pleasure -- 
under the palm tree's shade; 
And dream in peace that has blessed us...
Our joy will never fade.


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