by Friedrich Rückert (1788 - 1866)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Liebst du um Schönheit
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE FRE ITA POR POR SPA SWE
Liebst du um Schönheit,
O nicht mich liebe! 
Liebe die Sonne,
Sie trägt ein gold'nes Haar!

Liebst du um Jugend,
O nicht mich liebe!
Liebe den Frühling,
Der jung ist jedes Jahr! 

Liebst du um Schätze,
O nicht mich liebe. 
Liebe die Meerfrau,
[Die]1 hat viel Perlen klar.

Liebst du um Liebe,
O ja, mich liebe!
Liebe mich immer, 
Dich lieb' ich immerdar.

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Confirmed with Liebesfühling, Vierter Strauss: Wiedergewonnen, Elfte Auflage. Frankfurt am Main: J. D. Sauerländer's Verlag, 1880, page 218.

See also Louis-Alexandre Fortoul's Qu'aimes‑tu de moi ?, which seems to have been inspired by this poem.

1 Mahler, C. Schumann: "Sie"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Si estimes per la bellesa", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Zoek je naar schoonheid?", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "If you love for beauty", copyright © 2014
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Si tu aimes pour la beauté", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Si tu aimes la beauté", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Se ami per la bellezza", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Maria Guimarães) , "Se amas pela beleza", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Caê Vieira) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alberto Villar) , "Si amas la belleza", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SWE Swedish (Svenska) (Yvonne Helander) , "Älskar du för Skönhets skull, älska inte mig", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Melanie Trumbull

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 63

Zoek je naar schoonheid?
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Zoek je naar schoonheid?
Houd dan van mij niet!
Houd van de zon dan,
Die heeft mooi gouden haar!
 
Jaag je slechts jeugd na?
Houd dan van mij niet!
Houd van de lente,
Die jong is ieder jaar!
 
Streef je naar rijkdom?
Houd dan van mij niet.
Houd van de meermin;
Die heeft veel parels, ja!
 
Ding je naar liefde?
Ja, houd van mij dan!
Houd van mij eeuwig,
Eeuwig houd ik van jou!

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This text was added to the website: 2012-08-13
Line count: 16
Word count: 74