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Wohin mit der Freud'?

Language: German (Deutsch)

Ach du klarblauer Himmel, und wie schön bist du heut'!
Möcht' ans Herz gleich dich drücken [vor]1 Jubel und Freud'.
Aber 's geht doch nicht an, Denn du bist mir zu weit,
Und mit all' meiner Freud', was fang' ich doch an?

Ach du lichtgrüne Welt, und wie strahlst du [vor]1 Lust!
Und ich möcht' [mich gleich]2 werfen dir voll Lieb' an die Brust;
Aber 's geht doch nicht an, und das ist ja mein Leid,
Und mit all' meiner Freud', was fang' ich doch an?

Und da [seh']3 ich mein Lieb [unterm Lindenbaum stehn]4,
War so klar wie der Himmel, wie die Erde so schön!
Und wir küßten uns beid', und wir sangen [vor]1 Lust,
Und da hab' ich gewußt, wohin mit der Freud'!

Translation(s): ENG ENG FRE ITA

List of language codes

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Wolf: "voll"
2 Wolf: "gleich mich"
3 Silcher, Wolf: "sah'"
4 Wolf: "Am Kastanienbaum stehn"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Where to go with my joy", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Della gioia, che farne?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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Oh you cloudless blue heavens, what a...

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh you cloudless blue heavens, what a beautiful sight!
May you come to my bosom for my joy and delight!
Yet that cannot be done, for too far is your light;
and with all my delight, what shall then be done?

Oh you wonderful earth, full of green, full of light!
I would like to embrace you full of love and delight.
That it cannot be done makes me grieve deep inside,
and with all my delight, what shall then be done?

Then I saw my dear love in the linden tree's shade,
oh as bright as the heavens and the earth was the maid.
And we hugged and we kissed and we sang with delight,
till I knew what I missed: where to take my delight.

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Singable with the Silcher version.


  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2011 by Bertram Kottmann, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852), "Wohin mit der Freud", written 1850 FRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Valentin Eduard Becker, August Bungert, Carl Grammann, Fritz Kauffmann, Carl Mahlberg, Carl Ludwig Amand Mangold, Johann Joseph David Naret-Koning, Friedrich Silcher, Hugo Wolf, Richard Ferdinand Würst. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-01-06.
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