by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Aus Erwin und Elmire
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
 Inneres Wühlen
 Ewig zu fühlen,
 Immer verlangen, 
 Nimmer erlangen,
 Fliehen und Streben,
 Sterben und Leben, --
 Höllische Qual
 Endig' einmal!

Confirmed with Goethe's Werke nach den vorzüglichsten Quellen revidirte Ausgabe, Dritter Theil, Gedichte, herausgegeben und mit Anmerkungen begleitet von Dr. Fr. Strehlke, Berlin, Gustav Hempel, 1868, page 71.


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

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "De Erwin et Elmire", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 20

De Erwin et Elmire
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
  Troubles intimes,
  Toujours à ressentir,
  Toujours exiger,
  Jamais satisfaits,
  Fuir et aspirer,
  Mourir et vivre,
  Tourment infernal
  Sans fin à jamais !


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This text was added to the website: 2015-09-09
Line count: 9
Word count: 23