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Rastlose Liebe

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Dem]1 Schnee, [dem]1 Regen,
Dem Wind entgegen,
Im Dampf der Klüfte,
Durch Nebeldüfte,
Immer zu! Immer zu!
Ohne Rast und Ruh!

Lieber durch Leiden
[Möcht']2 ich mich schlagen,
Als so viel Freuden
Des Lebens ertragen.
Alle das Neigen
[Von]3 Herzen zu Herzen,
Ach wie so eigen
Schaffet [das]4 Schmerzen!

Wie soll ich [fliehen?]5
Wälderwärts [ziehen?]6
[Alles]7 vergebens!
Krone des Lebens,
Glück ohne Ruh,
Liebe, bist du!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE POR

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 93, and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 147-148.

1 Harder: "Durch"
2 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Wollt'"; Greger: "Will"
3 Reichardt: "Der"
4 Schubert (2nd version, and 1st version in Alte Gesamtausgabe): "es"
5 Reichardt, Schubert: "flieh'n"
6 Reichardt, Schubert: "zieh'n"
7 Schubert: "Alles, alles"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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) , "Amor sense treva", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Rusteloze liefde", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lynn Thompson) , "Restless love", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "Restless love", appears in The Poems of Goethe, first published 1853
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Amour sans repos", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Amor sem descanso", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2019-04-13 08:16:26

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Rusteloze liefde

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Door sneeuw, door regen,
Met stormwind tegen,
In damp van kolken,
Door nevelwolken,
Altijd door, altijd door
Jagen in haar spoor!

Liever aan lijden
Zou ik mij wagen
Dan zoveel vreugden
Des levens verdragen.

Al dat gehunker
Van harten naar harten.
Ach, hoe bijzonder
Creëert dat smarten!

Hoe dit ontlopen?5
't Bos in gekropen?6
Niets7 kan het baten!
Hoogste der staten,
Liefde, ben jij!

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5 Schubert: "Hoe dit ontgaan?"
6 Schubert: "Wouden in gaan?"
7 Schubert voegt toe: "Niets, nee, niets"


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2005 by Lau Kanen, (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), "Rastlose Liebe", written 1776, first published 1789 CAT ENG ENG FRE POR
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Andrew Ager, Agathe Ursula Backer-Grøndahl, Ludwig van Beethoven, Victor Emanuel Bendix, Adolf Brandt, Walter Braunfels, August Leopold Crelle, Moritz, Graf von Dietrichstein, Max Eberwein, Robert Emmerich, Robert Franz, Luise Greger, née Sumpf, August Harder, Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, Bernhard Hopffer, Otto Jahn, Eugène Jámbor, Johann Christoph Kienlen, Theodor Fürchtegott Kirchner, Bernhard Klein, R. von Knebel-Döberitz, Julius Kniese, Conradin Kreutzer, M. Krupka, Daniel Friedrich Rudolph Kuhlau, Ignaz von Mosel, Emil Naumann, Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai, Joachim Raff, Eduard Rappoldi, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, Othmar Schoeck, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Anna Schuppe, Artur Seemann, Wilhelm Taubert, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Ernest Vietor, Gustav Weber, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2005-12-15 00:00:00.

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