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Vier Lieder von A. von Chamisso

Word count: 340

by Lorenz Lehmann (1807 - 1852)

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1. Ich kann's nicht fassen [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Jeg kan ikke fatte det, ikke tro det", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "I can't grasp it, nor believe it", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "I cannot, I dare not believe it", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je ne peux le comprendre ni le croire", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Non posso capirlo, non posso crederlo", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Не могу постигнуть, не могу поверить", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben,
  Es hat ein Traum mich berückt;
Wie hätt' er doch unter allen
  Mich Arme erhöht und beglückt?

Mir war's, er habe gesprochen:
  Ich bin auf ewig dein --
Mir war's -- ich träume noch immer,
  Es kann ja nimmer so sein.

O laß im Traume mich sterben,
  Gewieget an seiner Brust,
Den [seligsten]1 Tod mich schlürfen
  In Thränen unendlicher Lust.


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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, page 11.

Note: modernized spelling would change "Thränen" to "Tränen"
1 Austin, Wiseneder, and some editions of Schumann: "seligen"

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2. Seit ich ihn gesehen [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE HEB IRI ITA NOR RUS

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "Since I saw him", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Depuis que je l'ai vu", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Da quando lo vidi", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "С тех пор, как я увидела его", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Seit ich ihn gesehen,
  Glaub' ich blind zu sein;
Wo ich hin nur blicke,
  Seh' ich ihn allein;
Wie im wachen Traume
  Schwebt sein Bild mir vor,
Taucht aus tiefstem Dunkel,
  Heller nur empor.

Sonst ist licht- und farblos
  Alles um mich her,
Nach der Schwestern Spiele
  Nicht begehr' ich mehr,
Möchte lieber weinen,
  Still im Kämmerlein;
Seit ich ihn gesehen,
  Glaub' ich blind zu sein.


Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, page 9.


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3. Helft mir ihr Schwestern [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS

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  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , "幫幫我, 我的姊妹們", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Hjælp mig, søstre", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Help mij, mijn zusters", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "Help me, ye sisters", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Vous sœurs, aidez-moi", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Aiutatemi, sorelle", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Помогите мне, сёстры", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Helft mir, ihr Schwestern, 
Freundlich mich schmücken,
Dient der Glücklichen heute mir.
Windet geschäftig
Mir um die Stirne
Noch der blühenden Myrte Zier.

Als ich befriedigt,
Freudigen Herzens,
[Dem]1 Geliebten im Arme lag,
Immer noch rief er,
Sehnsucht im Herzen,
Ungeduldig den [heut'gen]2 Tag.

Helft mir, ihr Schwestern,
Helft mir verscheuchen
Eine thörichte Bangigkeit;
Daß ich mit klarem
Aug' ihn empfange,
Ihn, die Quelle der Freudigkeit.

Bist, mein Geliebter,
Du mir erschienen,
Giebst [du, Sonne, mir]3 deinen Schein?
Laß mich in Andacht,
Laß mich in Demuth,
[Mich]4 verneigen dem Herren mein.

Streuet ihm, Schwestern,
Streuet ihm Blumen,
[Bringt]5 ihm knospende Rosen dar.
Aber euch, Schwestern,
Grüß' ich mit Wehmuth,
Freudig scheidend aus eurer Schaar.


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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 12-13.

Modernized spelling would change "thörichte" to "törichte", "giebst" to "gibst", "Demuth" to "Demut", "Wehmuth" to "Wehmut", and "Schaar" to "Schar"
1 Schumann: "Sonst dem"
2 Loewe, Schumann: "heutigen"
3 Schumann: "du mir, Sonne,"
4 Loewe, Schumann: "Laß mich"
5 Schumann: "bringet"

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4. Nicht der Thau [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG ENG ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Rufus Hallmark) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Lewis Novra)
  • ENG English [singable] (Virginia Woods, Mrs. John P. Morgan)
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Nicht der Tau und nicht der Regen 
Dringen, Mutter, in dein Grab,
Tränen sind es, 
Tränen deines armen Kindes 
Rinnen heiß zu dir hinab.

Und ich grabe, grabe, grabe, 
Von den Nägeln [springt]1 das Blut,
Ach! mit Schmerzen
Mit zerrißnem, blut'gem Herzen
Bring ich dir hinab mein Gut.

Meinen Ring, sollst mir ihn wahren, 
Gute Mutter, liebevoll;
Ach! sie sagen, 
Daß ich einen andern tragen, 
Weg den meinen werfen soll.

[Ring, mein Ring, du]2 teures Kleinod! 
Muß es denn geschieden sein?
Ach! ich werde 
Bald dich suchen in der Erde, 
Und du [wirst]3 dann wieder mein.


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1 de Lange: "rinnt"
2 Bergh: "Ring des Liebsten"
3 Bergh: "bist"

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