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Wer nie sein Brod mit Thränen aß

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wer nie sein Brod mit Thränen aß,
Wer nie die kummervollen Nächte
Auf seinem [Bette]1 weinend saß,
Der kennt euch nicht, ihr himmlischen Mächte!
 
Ihr führt ins Leben uns hinein,
Ihr laßt den Armen schuldig werden,
Dann überlaßt ihr ihn der Pein:
Denn alle Schuld rächt sich auf Erden.


Translation(s): CAT DUT DUT ENG ENG ENG FIN FRE HUN ITA POL

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J. Sibelius sets stanza 1

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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 122; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Achtzehnter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, pages 217-218.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Erster Band. Berlin. Bey Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795, page 346. The poem appears in Book 2, Chapter 13 of Goethe's novel.

1 Droste-Hülshoff: "Lager"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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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 © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wie nooit zijn brood in tranen at", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "He who never ate his bread with tears", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [an adaptation]
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Celui qui n'a jamais mangé son pain avec des larmes", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Chi non mangiò mai pane bagnato di lacrime", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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He who never ate his bread with tears

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

He who never ate his bread with tears,
He who never, through miserable nights,
Sat weeping on his bed -
He does not know you, Heavenly Powers.

You lead us into life,
You let the wretched man feel guilt,
And then you leave him to his pain -
For all guilt avenges itself on earth.


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Harfenspieler", written <<1783, appears in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, first published 1795 CAT DUT FIN FRE HUN ITA DUT POL
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Andreas Peter Berggreen, Rudolph Bergh, Michael Brough, August Bungert, Norbert Burgmüller, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, Wilhelm Czerwinski, Anton Diabelli, Annette Elisabeth, Freiin von Droste-Hülshoff, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Emil Kauffmann, Aloys Kothe, Leopold Lenz, Franz Liszt, Heinrich August Marschner, Arnold Mendelssohn, Josef Ivar Müller, Victor Ernst Nessler, Xaver Pentenrieder, Bruno Ramann, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Jean Sibelius, Friedrich Wilhelm Stade, Frank Valentin Van der Stucken, Hugo Wolf, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.

 

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