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Heiß mich nicht reden, heiß mich...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Heiß mich nicht reden, heiß mich schweigen,
Denn mein Geheimniß ist mir Pflicht;
Ich möchte dir mein ganzes Innre zeigen,
Allein das Schicksal will es nicht.

[Zur rechten]1 Zeit vertreibt der Sonne Lauf
Die finstre Nacht, und sie muß sich erhellen;
Der harte Fels schließt seinen Busen auf,
Mißgönnt der Erde nicht die tiefverborgnen Quellen.

Ein jeder sucht im Arm [des Freundes]2 Ruh,
Dort kann die Brust in Klagen sich ergießen;
Allein ein Schwur drückt mir die Lippen zu
Und nur ein Gott vermag sie aufzuschließen.


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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 117; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Neunzehnter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, page 262.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Dritter Band, Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795, pages 203-204. The poem appears in Book 5, Chapter 16 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (first setting, D. 726): "Zu rechter"
2 Goethe (only in the editions of the poems, not in the novel): "der Freunde"

Submitted by Thierry Morice and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Doe mij niet spreken, laat mij zwijgen", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Don't ask me to speak", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ne me dis pas de parler, dis-moi de me taire", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Non chiedermi di parlare", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Non chiedere ch'io parli", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2018-05-22 14:15:47

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No em diguis de parlar, digues‑me de...

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

No em diguis de parlar, digues-me de callar,
car el secret és la meva obligació,
voldria mostrar-te tota la meva ànima,
però el destí no ho permet.

En el moment just, el curs del sol foragita
la foscúria de la nit que s’ha d’il·luminar,
la dura roca obre el seu interior,
la terra allibera deus profundament ocultes.

Cadascú cerca el repòs en el braç de l’amic,
allà pot buidar tots els planys del seu cor,
tan sols un jurament em tanca els llavis
i només un Déu té el poder d’obrir-los.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Mignon", written 1782, appears in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, first published 1795 DUT ENG FRE GRE ITA ITA RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josef Abendheim, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, John Woods Duke, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Joseph Klein, Leopold Lenz, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Bernard Reichel, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Franz Rudolph, Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfeld, née Malvina Garrigues, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Eduard Ritter von Welz, Hugo Wolf, Karl Friedrich Zelter, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2017-02-10 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-02-10 19:06:18

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