by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Wenn du mich mit den Augen streifst und...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wenn du mich mit den Augen streifst und lachst,
Sie senkst, und neigst das Kinn zum Busen dann,
Bitt' ich, daß du mir erst ein Zeichen machst,
Damit ich doch mein Herz auch bänd'gen kann,
  Daß ich mein Herz mag bänd'gen, zahm und still,
Wenn es vor großer Liebe springen will,
  Daß ich mein Herz mag halten in der Brust,
Wenn es ausbrechen will vor großer Lust.

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Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 33.


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

  • ENG English (Donna (Bareket) Breitzer) , "When you turn your eyes to me and laugh", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2004-01-17
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Quand tu tournes tes yeux vers moi et...
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Quand tu tournes tes yeux vers moi et que tu ris,
Alors baisse-les et penche ton menton vers ta poitrine,
Je t'en prie, d'abord fais-moi un signe,
Que je puisse maîtriser mon cœur,
Que je puisse maîtriser et calmer mon cœur,
Quand il bondira d'un grand amour,
Pour je puisse garder mon cœur dans ma poitrine,
Quand il voudra éclater d'une grande joie.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2010 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-10-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 63