Translation © by Laura Prichard

Ach, mir ist das Herz so schwer!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Ach, mir ist das Herz so schwer!
Traurig irr' ich hin und her,
Suche [Ruh und]1 finde keine,
Geh ans Fenster hin, und weine!

Sässest du auf meinem Schooß,
Würd ich aller Sorgen los,
Und aus deinen blauen Augen 
Würd ich Lieb' und Wonne saugen!

Könnt' ich doch, du süsses Kind,
Fliegen hin zu dir geschwind!
Könnt ich ewig dich umfangen,
Und an deinen Lippen hangen!

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Confirmed with Gedichte der Brüder Christian und Friedrich Leopold Grafen zu Stolberg. herausgegeben von Heinrich Christian Boie. Leipzig, in der Weygandschen Buchhandlung. 1779, page 146; and with Poetische Blumenlese für das Jahr 1777. Herausgegeben von Joh. Heinr. Voß. Hamburg, bey Carl Ernst Bohn, page 101.

1 Schubert: "Ruhe,"


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) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lied tijdens haar afwezigheid", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant dans l'absence", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 66

Alas, my heart is so heavy!
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Alas, my heart is so heavy!
Sadly I wander back and forth.
[I] seek peace, [I] find none,
[I] go over to the window, and weep!

If you sat in my lap,
I’d be free of all sorrows,
And from you blue eyes 
Would draw1 love and bliss!

Couldn’t I just, sweet child,
Fly swiftly to you?
Couldn’t I embrace you forever,
And be fond of2 your lips!

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Translation of title "Lied in der Abwesenheit" = "Song in absentia"
1 literally, "suck" or "suckle"
2 colloquial figurative use of the intransitive predicate "hangen an"


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This text was added to the website: 2015-12-29
Line count: 12
Word count: 68