by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Als ich dich kaum geseh'n
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Als ich dich kaum geseh'n,
Mußt es mein Herz gestehn,
Ich [könnt]1 dir nimmermehr

Fällt nun der Sternenschein
Nachts in mein Kämmerlein,
Lieg ich und schlafe nicht
Und denke dein.

Ist doch die Seele mein
So ganz geworden dein,
Zittert in deiner Hand,
Tu ihr kein Leid!

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1 Scheiding: "konnt'"


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

  • ENG English [singable] (Florence Z. Marshall) , "Im Volkston"
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , copyright © 2012
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Dr. Albert Schelb , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2008-03-10
Line count: 12
Word count: 48

Hardly did I look at you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Hardly did I look at you,
Than my heart had to avow,
that I could never again
Stop thinking of you.

Now when the light of the stars falls
into my little room at night,
I lie sleepless
and think of you.

For my soul
so completely belongs to you
that it trembles in your hand;
do not hurt it!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2012 by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website: 2012-12-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 60