by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Ach, könnt' ich, könnte vergessen Sie!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Ach, könnt' ich, könnte vergessen Sie!
  Ihr schönes, liebes, liebliches Wesen,
Den Blick, die freundliche Lippe, die!
  Vielleicht ich möchte genesen!
Doch ach! mein Herz, mein Herz kann es nie!
Und doch ist's Wahnsinn, zu hoffen Sie!
    Und um sie schweben, 
    Gibt Muth und Leben,
    Zu weichen nie! --
Und denn, wie kann ich vergessen Sie,
  Ihr schönes, liebes, liebliches Wesen,
Den Blick, die freundliche Lippe, die!
  Viel lieber nimmer genesen!

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Confirmed with Johann Gottfried v. Herders Sämmtliche Werke, Zur schönen Literatur und Kunst, Dritter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1852, pages 193-194.


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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "Oh, could I only forget her", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , title 1: "Un sonetto", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Sonnet", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Een sonnet", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "A sonnet"


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Een sonnet
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ach, kon ik, kon ik vergeten haar,
Haar mooie, lieve, lieflijke wezen,
Die blik, dat vriend'lijke lippenpaar!
Misschien zou ‘k dan wel genezen!
Maar ach, mijn hart, mijn hart valt ’t te zwaar!
Al is het waanzin, te hopen op1 haar!
En rond haar te2 zweven
Geeft moed en leven: ga nooit vandaar!
En dan, hoe kan ik vergeten haar,
Haar mooie, lieve, lieflijke wezen,
Die blik, dat vriend’lijke lippenpaar?
Dan liever nooit meer genezen!

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1 Hopen op: bij Brahms te zingen op drie kwartnoten
2 Rond haar te: bij Brahms te zingen op drie kwartnoten

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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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