by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by David K. Smythe

Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE SPA
Wenn ich auf dem Lager liege
In Nacht [und Kissen]1 gehüllt,
So schwebt mir vor ein süßes,
Anmutig liebes Bild!

Wenn mir der stille Schlummer
Geschlossen die Augen kaum,
So schleicht [das Bild sich leise]2
Hinein in meinen Traum

[Doch]3 mit dem Traum des Morgens
Zerrinnt es nimmermehr;
Dann trag' ich es im Herzen
Den ganzen Tag umher.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine's Sämmtliche Werke, Erster Band: Reisebilder, Dritte Auflage, Philadelphia: Verlag von John Weik, 1856, pages 29-30.

1 omitted by Mendelssohn
2 Lang: "das liebe Bild"
3 Lang: "Und"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Avondlied", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , "When I lie on the bed", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POL Polish (Polski) (Aleksander Kraushar) , "Gdy na łożu", first published 1880
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Cuando estoy tumbando en el campo", copyright © 2013, (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: 12
Word count: 58

When I lie on the bed
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When I lie on the bed, 
shrouded in night and cushions, 
So floats before me a sweet,
lovely dear image.

When silent slumber 
has barely closed my eyes, 
So creeps the image quietly
into my dream.

And in the morning 
it never fades away with the dream:
Then I carry it about with me in my heart 
the whole day.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 60