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Ach, könnt' ich, könnte vergessen Sie!

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Ach, könnt' ich, könnte vergessen Sie!
  Ihr schönes, liebes, liebliches Wesen,
Den Blick, die freundliche Lippe, die!
  Vielleicht ich möchte genesen!
Doch ach! mein Herz, mein Herz kann es nie!
Und doch ist's Wahnsinn, zu hoffen Sie!
    Und um sie schweben, 
    Gibt Muth und Leben,
    Zu weichen nie! --
Und denn, wie kann ich vergessen Sie,
  Ihr schönes, liebes, liebliches Wesen,
Den Blick, die freundliche Lippe, die!
  Viel lieber nimmer genesen!


Translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA

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Confirmed with Johann Gottfried v. Herders Sämmtliche Werke, Zur schönen Literatur und Kunst, Dritter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1852, pages 193-194.


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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Oh, could I only forget her", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Un sonetto", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Sonnet", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Een sonnet", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "A sonnet"


Text added to the website: 2003-11-09.
Last modified: 2014-07-10 14:02:36
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Word count: 70

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A sonnet

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Ah, could I, could I her charms forget,
Those charms I daily newly discover.
Her smile, that lingers before me yet,
Perchance I might recover!
But ah, my heart, it cannot forget,
Though mad on her my hopes to set!
Yet still as lover 
around I hover, 
her path to beset.
And say, how could I her charms forget,
Who daily, hourly, fresh ones discover?
That smile which lingers before me yet!
O rather never recover!


From a Brahms score (Peters Edition).


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803), "Ein Sonnet", subtitle: "Aus dem 13ten Jahrhundert" DUT FRE FRE GER ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Johannes Brahms, Albert Fuchs, Moritz Hauptmann, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.

Based on

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

    [ None yet in the database ]


Text added to the website: 2014-07-10.
Last modified: 2014-07-10 14:04:06
Line count: 13
Word count: 76