by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by John H. Campbell

Ich lieb' eine Blume, doch weiß ich...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich lieb' eine Blume, doch weiß ich nicht welche;
Das macht mir Schmerz.
Ich schau' in alle Blumenkelche
Und such' ein Herz.

Es duften die Blumen im Abendscheine,
Die Nachtigall schlägt.
Ich such' ein Herz, so schön wie das meine,
So schön bewegt.

Die Nachtigall schlägt, und ich verstehe
Den süßen Gesang:
Uns beiden ist so bang' und wehe,
So weh und bang.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Alfred Heller.
  • Also set in English, a translation by W. Grist ; composed by Emil Kreuz.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Edith Sanford [Tillotson] ; composed by Vicente Scaramuzza.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Edgar Alfred Bowring (1826 - 1911) ; composed by Robert E. Huntington Terry.
  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Bernardino Zendrini (1839 - 1879) ; composed by Vicente Scaramuzza, Niccoló van Westerhout.

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

  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "I love a flower", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'aime une fleur, mais ne sais point laquelle", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 63

I love a flower
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I love a flower, if 'tis requited, I know not,
that gives me pain.
I look into all flower-blooms
and seek a heart.

Flowers are fragrant in the evening-light;
the nightingale sings,
I search for a heart, as beautiful as mine,
that moves as beautifully.

The nightingale sings, and I understand
the sweet song:
we're both so anxious and sad,
so sad and anxious.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by John H. Campbell, (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 between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64