by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Ich liebe dich, weil ich dich lieben...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich liebe dich, weil ich dich lieben muß;
Ich liebe dich, weil ich nicht anders kann;
Ich liebe dich nach einem Himmelsschluß;
Ich liebe dich durch einen Zauberbann. 

Dich [lieb]1 ich, wie die Rose ihren Strauch;
Dich lieb ich, wie die Sonne ihren Schein;
Dich lieb ich, weil du bist mein Lebenshauch;
Dich lieb ich, weil dich lieben ist mein Sein.

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1 Bachlund, Liszt: "liebe" (passim in this stanza)


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I love you", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (John Bernhoff) , "I love but thee"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 61

Je t'aime car je dois t'aimer
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Je t'aime car je dois t'aimer;
Je t'aime car je ne peux faire autrement;
Je t'aime jusqu'après la fin du ciel;
Je t'aime par un charme magique;
Je t'aime comme la rose son buisson;
Je t'aime comme le soleil sa lumière;
Je t'aime car tu es le souffle de ma vie
Je t'aime car t'aimer est mon essence.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-04-25
Line count: 8
Word count: 58