by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Ach, wie so gerne
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ach, wie so gerne 
Bleib' ich euch ferne,
Schimmernde Säle, von Kerzen erhellt!
Daß mir im Dunkeln
Zwei Augen funkeln,
Ist meine Wonne, ist meine Welt!

Sucht' ich doch allen 
Einst zu gefallen,
Habe verstohlen die Netze gestellt.
Einem mich schmücken,
Einen beglücken,
Ward meine Wonne, ward meine Welt!

Einsam in Stillen
Um seinetwillen
Pocht mir das Herz von Sehnsucht geschwellt:
Ihn zu umfangen,
An ihm zu hangen,
Bis mir in Wonnen schwindet die Welt!

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  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Ah, how gladly I can keep far away from you", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ah quel plaisir j'ai à rester loin de vous", copyright © 2021, (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: 18
Word count: 75

Ah, how gladly I can keep far away from you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ah, how gladly 
I can keep far away from you,
bright halls illuminated by candles!
That at me, in the darkness,
two eyes twinkle,
that is my joy and my world!

Once I yearned 
to please everyone
and stealthily I threw out my nets.
But now, to adorn myself for one,
to make him happy -
this has become my joy and my world!

Alone in the silence, 
for him alone
throbs my heart, bursting with longing:
to embrace him, 
to cling to him,
until my bliss makes the world disappear!


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 91