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An die Thüren will ich schleichen

Language: German (Deutsch)

An die Thüren will ich schleichen,
Still und sittsam will ich stehn;
[Fromme]1 Hand wird Nahrung reichen;
Und ich werde weiter gehn.
Jeder wird sich glücklich scheinen,
Wenn mein Bild vor ihm erscheint;
Eine Thräne wird er weinen,
Und ich weiß nicht was er weint.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA RUS

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Zweyter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 121; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Neunzehnter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, page 227.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Dritter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795, page 146. The poem appears in Book 5, Chapter 14 of Goethe's novel.

1 Goethe (1795 edition): "Frommer"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA by Modest Petrovich Musorgsky.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Naar de deuren zal ik sluipen", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I will creep from door to door", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je vais me glisser de porte en porte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Alle porte voglio avvicinarmi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2018-02-28T06:33:09
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Word count: 45

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Vull anar d’esquitllada de porta en...

Language: Catalan (Català) after the German (Deutsch)

Vull anar d’esquitllada de porta en porta,
mantenint-me silenciós i discret,
una mà pietosa em donarà menjar
i jo seguiré el meu camí.
Tothom semblarà content
de veure el meu semblant,
vessaran una llàgrima
i no sabré per què ploren.

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Translation of title "Harfenspieler III" = "L’arpista III"


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Catalan (Català) copyright © 2016 by Salvador Pila, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Harfenspieler", written 1785, appears in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, first published 1795 DUT ENG FRE ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort, Michael Brough, Norbert Burgmüller, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Carl Theodor Flodin, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Johann Christoph Kienlen, Joseph Klein, Leopold Lenz, Victor August Loser, Nikolai Karlovich Medtner, Arnold Mendelssohn, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-16T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-08-08T16:32:00
Line count: 8
Word count: 40