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So laßt mich scheinen, bis ich werde

Language: German (Deutsch)

So laßt mich scheinen, bis ich werde,
Zieht mir das weiße Kleid nicht aus!
Ich eile von der [schönen]1 Erde
Hinab in jenes [feste]2 Haus.

Dort ruh' ich eine kleine Stille,
Dann öffnet sich der frische Blick;
Ich lasse dann die reine Hülle,
Den Gürtel und den Kranz zurück.

Und jene [himmlischen]3 Gestalten
Sie fragen nicht nach Mann und Weib,
Und keine Kleider, keine Falten
Umgeben den verklärten Leib.

Zwar lebt' ich ohne Sorg und Mühe,
Doch fühlt' ich tiefen Schmerz genung.
Vor Kummer altert' ich zu frühe;
Macht mich auf ewig wieder jung.


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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 119; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Zwanzigster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, page 159.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Vierter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1796, pages 259-260. The poem appears in Book 8, Chapter 2 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (D. 727): "schönsten"
2 Schubert (D. 877/3): "dunkle"
3 Goethe (editions prior to 1827): "himmlische"

Submitted by Richard Morris 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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Laat mij zo lijken tot ik zijn zal", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "So let me seem", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Lasciatemi apparire così", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Così lasciate che io appaia, finché non mi trasformi", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Ana Vargas) , "Deixe-me aparecer, até que eu seja", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

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Deixeu‑me aparèixer fins que així...

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

Deixeu-me aparèixer fins que així esdevingui,
no em traieu el vestit blanc!
M’apresso lluny d’aquesta bella terra
vers el ferm sojorn d’allà baix.

Allà reposaré un petit moment
i s’obrirà un nou esguard;
llavors deixaré enrere el pulcre embolcall,
el cinturó i la corona.

Aquelles criatures celestials
no preguntaran si sóc home o dona,
i cap roba, cap vestit,
cobrirà el meu cos transfigurat.

Per bé que he viscut sense tribulls ni fatics,
també he sofert a bastament.
De pena he envellit abans d’hora;
feu que torni a ser jove eternament!

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Mignon", written 1796, appears in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, first published 1796 DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Michael Brough, John Woods Duke, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, David Horne, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Joseph Klein, Leopold Lenz, Arnold Mendelssohn, Georg Patzcker, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Bernard Reichel, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Franz Rudolph, Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfeld, née Malvina Garrigues, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Eduard Ritter von Welz, Hugo Wolf, Erich Zeisl. Go to the text.


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

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