by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Kyle Gee

Du Ring an meinem Finger
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS
Du Ring an meinem Finger,
  Mein [goldnes]1 Ringelein,
Ich drücke dich fromm an die Lippen,
  Dich fromm an das Herze mein.

Ich hatt' ihn ausgeträumet,
  Der Kindheit [friedlich schönen]2 Traum,
Ich fand allein mich, verloren
  Im öden, unendlichen Raum.

Du Ring an meinem Finger,
  Da hast du mich erst belehrt,
Hast meinem Blick erschlossen
  Des Lebens [unendlichen Werth]3.

Ich [werd']4 ihm dienen, ihm leben,
  Ihm angehören ganz,
Hin selber mich geben und finden
  Verklärt mich in seinem Glanz.

Du Ring an meinem Finger,
  Mein [goldnes]1 Ringelein,
Ich drücke dich fromm an die Lippen,
  Dich fromm an das Herze mein.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 11-12.

Modernized spelling would change "Werth" to "Wert"
1 Schumann, Loewe: "goldenes"
2 Loewe: "friedlichen"
3 Schumann: "unendlichen, tiefen Wert"
4 Schumann: "will"

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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 © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Du ring på min finger", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Jij, ring hier aan mijn vinger", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "Thou ring on my finger", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Toi anneau à mon doigt", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Tu anello al mio dito", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Ты, кольцо на моём пальце", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 99

You, ring on my finger
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
You, ring on my finger,
my little golden ring,
I press you devoutly to my lips,
to my heart.

I had dreamed time and time again,
the peacefully beautiful childhood dream,
I found myself lost
in an empty, endless space.

You, ring on my finger,
you have just now taught me,
you have opened up my eyes
to the infinitely deep value of life.

I want to serve him, to live for him,
to belong to him completely,
to fully give myself to him,
and to find myself transfigured in his radiance.

You, ring on my finger,
my little golden ring,
I press you devoutly to my lips,
to my heart.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-17
Line count: 20
Word count: 111