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Language: German (Deutsch)

Ich bin meiner Mutter einzig Kind,
Und weil die andern ausblieben sind,
Was weiß ich wieviel, die sechs oder sieben, 
Ist eben alles an mir hängen blieben;
Ich hab' müssen die Liebe, die Treue, die Güte
Für ein ganz halb Dutzend allein aufessen,
Ich will's mein Lebtag nicht vergessen.
Es hätte mir aber noch wohl mögen frommen,
Hätt' ich nur auch Schläg' für Sechse bekommen.

Translation(s): ENG FRE FRE ITA SPA

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Iain Sneddon) , title 1: "Confession", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Confessione", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Gerardo Garciacano Hinojosa) (Simone von Büren) , title 1: "Confesión", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Confession", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Stéphane Goldet) (Pierre de Rosamel) , title 1: "Aveu spontané", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:42
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Word count: 65

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Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Je suis le seul enfant de ma mère,
Parce que les autres sont partis.
Je ne sais pas combien, six ou sept,
Tout est resté sur moi ;
L'amour, la fidélité, la bonté,
Pour une demi-douzaine je dois tout manger.
De toute ma vie, je ne l'oublierai pas
Mais cela m'aurait sans doute rendu meilleur,
Si j'avais reçu aussi des fessées pour six.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (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 Eduard Mörike (1804 - 1875), "Selbstgeständnis" ENG ITA SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Leo Blech, Hermann Heiss, Hugo Wolf. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2011-12-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:43
Line count: 9
Word count: 63