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Meine Ruh' ist hin

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gretchens Stube. Gretchen am Spinnrade allein.
Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer;
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

Wo ich ihn nicht hab'
Ist mir das Grab,
Die ganze Welt
Ist mir vergällt.

Mein armer Kopf
Ist mir verrückt,
Mein armer Sinn
Ist mir zerstückt.

Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer;
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

Nach ihm nur schau' ich
Zum Fenster hinaus,
Nach ihm nur geh' ich
Aus dem Haus.

Sein hoher Gang,
Sein' edle Gestalt,
Seines Mundes Lächeln,
Seiner Augen Gewalt,

Und seiner Rede
Sein Händedruck,
Und ach sein Kuß!

Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer,
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

Mein Busen drängt
Sich nach ihm hin.
[Ach]1 dürft ich fassen
Und halten ihn!

Und küssen ihn2
So wie ich wollt',
An seinen Küssen
Vergehen sollt'!


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Zwölfter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1828, pages 177-178; with Faust. Eine Tragödie von Goethe, Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1808, pages 223-225; and with Faust. Ein Fragment. in Goethe's Schriften. Siebenter Band. Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1790, pages 133-135.

1 Zelter: "Als"
2 Goethe did not split the final eight lines into two stanzas prior to 1828.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] 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)

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Other 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) , "Greetje aan het spinnewiel", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lynn Thompson) , "My peace is gone", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Fredric Kroll) , "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "My peace is gone", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Gérard Labrunie) , appears in Le Faust de Goethe [an adaptation]
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Το Ριτάκι στο ροδάνι", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La mia pace è perduta", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Gretchen ved rokken", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Margarita en la Rueca"

Text added to the website: 2003-10-13 00:00:00.

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Το Ριτάκι στο ροδάνι

Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) after the German (Deutsch)

Ηρεμία μου,
Πού να σε βρω,
Καρδιά μου βαραίνεις
Από καιρό.
Σαν μού λείπει αυτός,
Σε τάφο ζω,
Και όλη η γη
Πικρή χολή.
Το λογικό
Μου τάραξε,
Φτωχό μυαλό
Ηρεμία μου,
Πού να σε βρω,
Καρδιά μου βαραίνεις
Από καιρό.

Απ’ το μπαλκόνι
Κοιτώ μην τον δω,
Δεν φεύγω μόνη
Δίχα αυτόν.
Τί κίνηση,
Μορφή ευγενής,
Το χαμόγελο του
Των ματιών δύναμη.
Πώς μού μιλά (μα-)
Σαν με κρατά,
Πώς με φιλά!
Ηρεμία μου,
Πού να σε βρω,
Καρδιά μου βαραίνεις
Από καιρό.
Στα στήθια ασφικτι(ώ)
-ώ γι’ αυτόν.
Πώς τον αγγίζω
Και τον κρατώ,
Με φίλημα
Ως το ποθώ,
Και στα φιλιά του,
Αχ να χαθώ!

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Greek (Ελληνικά) copyright © 2013 by Christakis Poumbouris, (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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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), no title, appears in Faust, in Der Tragödie erster Teil (Part I), first published 1790 CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE ITA ITA NOR RUS SPA
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Max Joseph Beer, Franz Aloys Theodor Commer, Friedrich Curschmann, Wilhelm Fritze, Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffmann, Johann von Haszlinger, Karl Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, Gustav Jansen [not F. G. Jansen], Johann Christoph Kienlen, Bernhard Klein, Conradin Kreutzer, Fredric Joseph Kroll, Justus Amadeus Lecerf, Leopold Lenz, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Carl Adolf Lorenz, Dr., Carl Theodor Moritz, Antoni Henryk Radziwill, Fürst, Franz Peter Schubert, Carl, Freiherr von Seckendorff, Louis [Ludwig] Spohr, Richard Wagner, Karl Friedrich Zelter, C. F. Zietzschmann. Go to the text.


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