by Paul Heyse (1830 - 1914)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Ich bin durch einen schönen Wald...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Italian (Italiano) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ich bin durch einen schönen Wald gekommen,
Wo grüner Lorbeer und Wachholder stand;
Drin hab' ich einen Jüngling wahrgenommen,
Der war mit Namen Herzensdieb genannt.
Daß Ihr derselbe seid, hab' ich vernommen,
An Euren Farben hab' ich Euch erkannt;
An Eurer Schönheit kannt' ich Euch im Nu, -
Man warnt vor Euch: ich lache nur dazu.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Paul Heyse, Italienisches Liederbuch, Berlin: Verlag von Wilhelm Hertz (Bessersche Buchhandlung), 1860, page 35.


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The meeting", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2010-01-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 56

The meeting
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I walked through a beautiful wood,
Where green laurel and juniper stood;
Therein I became aware of a young man,
He was named 'Heart-Thief.'
I have perceived that you are the selfsame man,
I knew you by your colours;
By your beauty I knew you at once,-
They utter warnings about you: I merely laugh at that.


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This text was added to the website: 2012-07-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 57