by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Liebliches Kind
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Liebliches Kind,
Kannst du mir sagen,
[Sagen warum
Zärtliche Seelen
Einsam und stumm]1
Immer sich quälen,
Selbst sich [betrügen]2,
Und ihr Vergnügen
Immer nur [ahnden]3,
Da wo sie nicht sind?
Kannst du mir's sagen,
Liebliches Kind?

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Confirmed with J.W. Goethe, Claudine von Villa Bella, Ein Schauspiel mit Gesang, Berlin: bey August Mylius, 1776, page 68.

1 Brahms, Bruch, Neefe, and some others: "Warum einsam und stumm / Zärtliche Seelen"
2 Brahms: "betrüben"
3 Brahms, Bruch: "ahnen"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Nikolai Karlovich Medtner.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Serenade (Lieftallig kind)", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Lovely child, can you tell me", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Mia cara fanciulla", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 36

Serenade (Lieftallig kind)
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Lieftallig kind,
Kun je mij zeggen,
Zeggen waarom
[Kwetsbare zielen,
Eenzaam en stom]1,
Altijd zich kwellen,
[Zichzelf bedriegen]2
En hun genoegen
Steeds slechts vermoeden
Daar waar zij niet zijn?
Kun je 't mij zeggen,
Lieftallig kind?

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1 Brahms keert beide regels om
2 Brahms: zichzelf bedroeven

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This text was added to the website: 2014-03-25
Line count: 12
Word count: 36