by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Dein Angesicht so lieb und schön
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Dein Angesicht so lieb und schön,
Das hab' ich jüngst im Traum gesehn,
Es ist so mild und engelgleich,
Und doch so bleich, so [schmerzenbleich]1.

Und nur die Lippen, die sind rot;
Bald aber küßt sie bleich der Tod.
Erlöschen wird das Himmelslicht,
Das aus den frommen Augen bricht.

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Confirmed with Heinrich Heine, Buch der Lieder, Hoffmann und Campe, Hamburg, 1827, page 114.

1 Schumann: "schmerzenreich" (full of pain)


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  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Gentil Theodoor Antheunis (1840 - 1907) ; composed by Edgar Pierre Joseph Tinel.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Herbert Baines.
  • Also set in English, a translation by A. Davenport ; composed by Edward Baxter Felton.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by William Noel Johnson.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Bertha Raab ; composed by Henry J. Lautz.

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Jouw aangezicht
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Jouw aangezicht, zo lief, sereen,
Mij onlangs in een droom verscheen,
Zo mild dat jij een engel leek
En toch zo bleek, zo smart'lijk bleek.
Alleen de lippen, die zijn rood;
Maar spoedig kust hen bleek de dood,
Uitdoven zal het hemels licht
Dat in jouw dapp're ogen zwicht.


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Text added to the website: 2013-09-18 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:20
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