by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884)
Translation © by Garrett Medlock

Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz,
Da weint' ich Nacht und Tag;
Nun wein' ich wieder, weil mein Herz
Sein Glück nicht fassen mag.

Mir ist's, als trüg' ich in der Brust
Das ganze Himmelreich!
O höchstes Leid, o höchste Lust,
Wie seid ihr euch so gleich!

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

  • ENG English (Garrett Medlock) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Autrefois abattu par le chagrin et la peine", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: John Versmoren

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 49

I once lay in grief and pain
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I once lay in grief and pain,
There I cried night and day;
Now I cry again because my heart
Cannot grasp its luck.

I feel as if I were carrying in my breast
The whole kingdom of heaven!
Oh highest suffering, oh highest pleasure,
How are you so alike!

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Translations of title(s):
"Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz" = "I once lay in grief and pain"
"Wohl lag ich einst" = "Once I lay"
"Lied und Lust" = "Suffering and pleasure"
"Verschiedene Thränen" = "Different tears"
"Wohl lag ich einst in Gram" = "I once lay in Grief"


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This text was added to the website: 2020-01-13
Line count: 8
Word count: 50