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Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wer sich der Einsamkeit ergibt
Ach! der ist bald allein,
Ein jeder lebt, ein jeder liebt,
Und läßt ihn seiner Pein.

Ja, laßt mich meiner Qual!
Und kann ich nur einmal
Recht einsam seyn,
Dann bin ich nicht allein.

Es schleicht ein Liebender lauschend sacht!
Ob seine Freundin allein?
So überschleicht bei Tag und Nacht
Mich Einsamen die Pein,
Mich Einsamen die Qual.
Ach werd ich erst einmal
Einsam in Grabe seyn,
Da läßt [sie]1 mich allein!


Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE GRE ITA SPA

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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 120; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Achtzehnter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, pages 219-220.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Erster Band. Berlin. Bey Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795, pages 348-349. The poem appears in Book 2, Chapter 13 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (autograph of D.325): "ihr"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wie aan de eenzaamheid zich wijdt", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "He who gives himself over to solitude", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Chi sceglie solitudine", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (unknown or anonymous translator) , written 2012


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

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El que se abandona a la soledad

Language: Spanish (Español) after the German (Deutsch)

El que se abandona a la soledad,
¡ah!, ése se queda pronto solo.
Cada cual vive, cada cual ama,
y lo abandonan a su pena.

¡Sí! dejadme con mi dolor.
Si puedo de una vez
estar de verdad solo,
entonces no estoy sólo.

Un amante se acerca sigiloso poniendo el oído
para saber si su amada está sola.
Así  día y noche
me asalta solitario la pena,
me asalta solitario el dolor.
Ah, sólo cuando por fin esté
solo en la tumba,
sólo entonces me dejará solo.


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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 ENG FRE GRE ITA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Michael Brough, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich, Carl Theodor Flodin, Georg Göhler, Johann Christoph Kienlen, Leopold Lenz, Arnold Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Ján Josef Rösler, Anton Grigoryevich Rubinstein, Franz Peter Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Karl Friedrich Zelter. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2012-09-10.
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