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Wenn...

Language: German

Und wärst du mein Weib und wärst du mein Lieb,
Wie wollt' ich dich jauchzend umschlingen,
Ich wüßte ja nicht, wo das Herz mir blieb'
Vor lauter seligem Klingen.

Ich flög' in den nächtigen Himmel hinein,
Den funkelndsten Stern zu trennen,
Das wär' der leuchtende Demantstein,
Der sollt' im Haar dir brennen.

Nach Persien flög' ich, hinein ins Land;
Wo Schiras Rosen sich wiegen,
Die Rosen gäben das Kronenband,
Das sollt' [dir die Locken]1 umschmiegen.

Ich stieg' hernieder ins tiefste Meer
Und brächte dir rote Korallen,
Und meine Lieder, die wären ein Heer
[Lenztrunkener]2 Nachtigallen.

Die sollten um dich ihren Reigen ziehn,
Bis die Sehnsucht dich [zu mir triebe]3,
Gewiegt und umklungen von Melodien,
Von junger, jauchzender Liebe.



Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "die Locken dir"
2 Strauss: "Lenztrunkner"
3 Strauss: "triebe zu mir"

Submitted by Alberto Pedrotti and Sharon Krebs

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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)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "If . . .", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FRE French (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Si...", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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