by Johann Ludwig Uhland (1787 - 1862)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Gestorben war ich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE SPA
Gestorben war ich
[Vor]1 Liebeswonne;
Begraben lag ich
In ihren Armen;
[Erwecket]2 ward ich
Von ihren Küßen;
Den Himmel sah ich
In ihren Augen.

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1 Claudius: "In"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Beer: "erweckt"


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

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Bienheureuse mort", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Mikhail Larionovich Mikhailov) , "Блаженная смерть", first published 1862
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Wilson Hidalgo) , "Yo había muerto", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 24

I had died/ Of the joy of love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I had died
Of the joy of love;
I lay buried
In her arms;
I was awakened
By her kisses;
I saw Heaven
In her eyes.

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Translated titles:
"Seliger Tod" = "Blissful death"
"Gestorben war ich" = "I had died"


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This text was added to the website: 2011-05-01
Line count: 8
Word count: 26