Translation © by John H. Campbell

Sie weiß es nicht, wie ich mich wiege
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Sie weiß es nicht, wie ich mich wiege 
  In Träumen von ihr, 
Und auf der Sehnsucht Schwingen fliege 
  Wachend zu ihr, 
Und wie ich immer [flüstr']1 und kose
  Und rede mit ihr, 
Und stehen bleibe vor jeder Rose
  Als stünd' ich vor ihr; 
Wie all mein Sehnen, mein Verlangen 
  Strebet nach ihr, 
Und Alles mir ist aufgegangen 
  Einzig in ihr.

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Confirmed with Buch der Liebe von Hoffmann von Fallersleben, Breslau, bei Georg Philipp Aderholz, 1836, page 15.

1 Kirchner: "flüstre"


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  • ENG English (John H. Campbell) , "She knows it not", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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She knows it not
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
She knows it not, as I sway,
in reverie of her,
and because of that longing soar,
waking, to her,
and as always I whisper and caress
and talk to her,
and remain standing before each rose,
as though I stood before her;
as all my longing, my desire
strive after her,
and everything in me is bound up
only in her.

With some corrections and changes to the translation suggested by John W. Grubbs


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 62