by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Und wollen mich die klugen Leute fragen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Und wollen mich die klugen Leute fragen,
Von wem ich es gelernt, in Versen sprechen:
Im Herzen muß ich jene Gluten tragen,
Die klingend, singend dann zu Tage brechen.
Am Tag, wo Nena mir zuerst begegnet,
Da ward mit Versen mir der Geist gesegnet.
Am Tag, [wo]1 Nena's Lächeln mich [ließ]2 hoffen,
Sah ich die Thür des Paradieses offen,
Und heut, [wo]1 Nena's Herz in Flammen steht,
Bin ich ein großer König und Poet.

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In a footnote to Line 5 Heyse informs readers that "Nena" is a short form of "Maddalena" ("Abkürzung von Maddalena").

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 3.

1 Marx: "da"
2 Marx: "hieß"

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The poet", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Le poète", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website: 2010-01-28
Line count: 10
Word count: 74

Le poète
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Et si les gens avisés voulaient me demander
De qui j'ai appris à perler en vers [je dirais]¹ :
Je dois porter en mon cœur cette braise
Qui, retentissante et chantante va éclater au jour.
Dès le premier jour où je rencontrai Néna
Mon esprit fut voué à la poésie.
Le jour où le sourire de Néna me fit espérer,
Je vis s'ouvrir les portes du paradis,
Et aujourd'hui, alors que s'enflamme le cœur de Néna,
Je suis un grand roi et un poète.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-12-16
Line count: 10
Word count: 84