by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937)

Ich wollte, meine Lieder
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Ich wollte, meine Lieder
Das wären Blümelein:
Ich schickte sie zu riechen
Der Herzallerliebsten mein.

Ich wollte, meine Lieder
Das wären Küsse fein:
Ich schickt sie heimlich alle
Nach Liebchens Wängelein.

Ich wollte, meine Lieder
Das wären Erbsen klein:
Ich kocht eine Erbsensuppe,
Die sollte köstlich sein.

M. White sets stanzas 1-2

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Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Nicolae Bretan.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Oddie ; composed by Ivor Gurney.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) , "I would that all these songs" ; composed by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in Romanian (Română), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ; composed by Nicolae Bretan.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by V. A. Fyodorov ENG ; composed by Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov.
  • Also set in Slovak (Slovenčina), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ENG ; composed by Jan Levolslav Bella.

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2008-11-19
Line count: 12
Word count: 47

I would that all these songs
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I would that all these songs of mine
Were flowers rare and sweet.
I'd bid them all exhale their odour
At my darling's feet.

I would that all these songs of mine
Were kisses soft and true.
I'd send them secretly in turn
To bear my love to you.




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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)


Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2013-09-24
Line count: 8
Word count: 49