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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.


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA 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 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, Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1795, pages 203-204. The poem appears in Book 5, Chapter 16 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (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

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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)

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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
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Non chiedere ch'io parli", copyright © 2008, (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


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

Last modified: 2017-08-08 15:43:06
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Non chiedere ch'io parli

Language: Italian (Italiano) after the German (Deutsch)

Non chiedere ch'io parli, lascia che io taccia,
poiché custodire il mio segreto è un dovere per me.
Tutto il mio intimo vorrei rivelarti
ma il destino non lo permette.

Quando il tempo viene, la corsa del sole 
scaccia la notte oscura, che deve illuminarsi,
la rigida rupe dischiude il suo grembo,
rende alla terra le sorgenti celate nel profondo.

Ognuno tra le braccia dell'amico ricerca la pace,
là può effondere in pianto il suo petto,
ma un giuramento serra le mie labbra
e solo un dio ha il potere di aprirle.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Mignon", written 1782, appears in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, first published 1795 CAT DUT ENG FRE RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Jos. 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, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Alexander 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: 2008-03-27.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:39
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