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Süßer Freund, du blickest

Language: German (Deutsch)

Süßer Freund, du blickest
  Mich verwundert an,
Kannst es nicht begreifen,
  Wie ich weinen kann;
Laß der feuchten Perlen
  Ungewohnte Zier
[Freudenhell erzittern
  In den Wimpern mir]1.

Wie so bang mein Busen,
  Wie so wonnevoll!
Wüßt' ich nur mit Worten,
  Wie ich's sagen soll;
Komm und [birg]2 dein Antlitz
  Hier an meiner Brust,
Will in's Ohr dir flüstern
  Alle meine Lust.

Hab' ob manchen Zeichen
  Mutter schon gefragt,
Hat die gute Mutter
  Alles mir gesagt,
Hat mich unterwiesen,
  Wie, nach allem Schein,
Bald für eine Wiege
  Muß gesorget sein.

Weißt du nun die Thränen,
  Die ich weinen kann?
Sollst du nicht sie sehen,
  Du geliebter Mann;
Bleib' an meinem Herzen,
  Fühle dessen Schlag,
Daß ich fest und fester
  Nur dich drücken mag.

Hier an meinem Bette
  Hat die Wiege Raum,
Wo sie still verberge
  Meinen holden Traum;
Kommen wird der Morgen,
  Wo der Traum erwacht,
Und daraus dein Bildniß
  Mir [entgegen lacht]3.


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

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R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 13-14.

Modernized spelling would change "Thränen" to "Tränen" and "Bildniß" to "Bildnis".
1 Schumann: "Freudig hell erzittern / In dem Auge mir"
2 Loewe: "bring"
3 Loewe: "entgegenlacht"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CHI Chinese (汉语 / 漢語) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Søde ven, du ser", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lieve vriend, wat kijk je", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "Sweet friend, thou gazest", 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) , "Doux ami, étonné", 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) , "Dolce amico, tu", 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) , "Милый друг, ты смотришь", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Sweet friend, you look

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Sweet friend, you look 
at me in awe;
You can’t understand 
how I can weep.
Let the unique ornament 
of glistening pearls
tremble joyfully 
and brightly in my eyes.

How anxious my heart is, 
and how blissful!
If only I knew 
how to say it with words;
Come and hide your face 
here at my breast,
I want to whisper 
all of my excitement into your ear.










Do you understand why 
I weep these tears now?
Should you not see them, 
you beloved, beloved man?
Stay against my heart, 
feel it beating,
So that I may press you closer 
and closer to me!

Here by my bed 
there’s room for a cradle,
where it may quietly 
shelter my lovely dream.
the morning will come 
when the dream awakes,
and from the cradle 
your image smiles up at me!


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2014 by Kyle Gee, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

    Kyle Gee. Contact:
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