by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Marty Lucas

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]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2016-12-02 19:13:17
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On wings of song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
On wings of song,
my love, I'll carry you away
to the fields of the Ganges
Where I know the most beautiful place.

There lies a red-flowering garden,
in the serene moonlight,
the lotus-flowers await
Their beloved sister.

The violets giggle and cherish,
and look up at the stars,
The roses tell each other secretly
Their fragant fairy-tales.

The gentle, bright gazelles,
pass and listen;
and in the distance murmurs
The waves of the holy stream.

There we will lay down,
under the palm-tree,
and drink of love and peacefulnes
And dream our blessed dream.

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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