by Georg Friedrich Daumer (1800 - 1875)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Bitteres zu sagen denkst du
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Persian (Farsi) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
[Bitteres]1 zu sagen denkst du;
Aber nun und nimmer kränkst du,
Ob du noch so böse bist.
Deine herben Redetaten
Scheitern an korall'ner Klippe,
Werden all zu reinen Gnaden,
Denn sie müssen, um zu schaden,
Schiffen über eine Lippe,
Die die Süße selber ist.

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1 Wolff: "Bitteres mir"

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "You are thinking of something bitter to say", copyright ©
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Bitt're taal te spreken denk je", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Bitt're taal te spreken denk je
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Bitt're taal te spreken denk je,
Echter nu en nimmer krenk je,
Hoe vertoornd je ook mag zijn.
Want jouw scherpe woordcascaden
Breken op koralen klippen,
Worden zelfs nog puur genade,
Want zij moeten, om te schaden,
Glippen over zachte lippen
Die de zoetheid zelve zijn.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2014 by Lau Kanen, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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