sometimes misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) and by Marianne von Willemer (1784 - 1860)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Nimmer will ich dich verlieren
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Nimmer will ich dich verlieren!
Liebe gibt der Liebe Kraft.
Magst du meine Jugend zieren
Mit gewaltiger Leidenschaft.

Ach! Wie schmeichelt's meinem Triebe,
Wenn man meinen Dichter preist!
Denn das Leben ist die Liebe,
Und des Lebens Leben Geist.


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) , "No et vull perdre mai", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "May I never lose you", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Non voglio perderti mai", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 39

Puissé‑je jamais te perdre !
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Puissé-je jamais te perdre !
L'amour donne de la force à l'amour.
Puisses-tu orner ma jeunesse
D'une passion immense.

Ah ! Comme ma personnalité est flattée
Quand on loue mon poète !
Car la vie est l'amour,
Et l'esprit est l'essence de la vie.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-11-02
Line count: 8
Word count: 44