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Am Flusse

Language: German (Deutsch)

Verfließet, vielgeliebte Lieder,
Zum Meere der Vergessenheit!
Kein [Knabe]1 sing' entzückt euch wieder,
Kein [Mädchen]2 in der Blütenzeit.

Ihr sanget nur [von]3 meiner Lieben;
Nun spricht sie meiner Treue Hohn.
Ihr wart ins Wasser eingeschrieben;
So fließt denn auch mit ihm davon.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA

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G. Gerson sets stanza 1

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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 68, and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1799, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, page 231.

First published 1799 in Schiller's Musen-Almanach with the title "An meine Lieder" and with "Justus Amman" as the author's name.

1 Goethe's first edition: "Mädchen"
2 Goethe's first edition: "Jüngling"
3 Goethe's first edition: "zu"

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) , "Al riu", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bij de rivier", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "By the river", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "By the river", first published 1853
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au bord du fleuve", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul fiume", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2017-05-18 14:33:58

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Bij de rivier

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

Stroom weg maar, lied'ren, lievelingen,
Naar zeeën van vergetelheid!
Geen knaap moet blij nog jullie zingen,
Geen meisje in haar bloesemtijd.
Mijn lief slechts heb je lof gegeven;
Nu wordt mijn trouw door haar gehoond.
Je was in water neergeschreven,
Dus ook daarmee maar weggestroomd!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Am Flusse", written 1768-9, first published 1799 CAT ENG ENG FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Catharina Baum, Franciscus Wilhelmus Bouman, Hugo Dakon, Georg Gerson, Friedrich Wilhelm Grund, Moritz Hauptmann, Carl August Heymann-Rheineck, Theodor Fürchtegott Kirchner, Arnold Mendelssohn, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Franz Peter Schubert, Walter Schulthess, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, Eugen de Westh. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2009-06-03 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:15

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