Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
   Mein Herz ist betrübt -- ich sag' es nicht --
Mein Herz ist betrübt um Jemand;
Ich könnte wachen die längste Nacht,
Und immer träumen von Jemand;
      O Wonne! von Jemand;
      O Himmel! von Jemand;
Durchstreifen könnt' ich die ganze Welt,
   Aus Liebe zu Jemand.
   Ihr Mächte, die ihr der Liebe hold,
O lächelt freundlich auf Jemand!
Beschirmet ihn, wo Gefahren drohn;
Gebt sicher Geleite dem Jemand!
      O Wonne! dem Jemand;
      O Himmel! dem Jemand;
Ich wollt' -- ich wollte -- was wollt' ich nicht
   Für meinen Jemand!

Confirmed with Robert Burns' Gedichte deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth, 1840, page 217


Based on

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) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "El meu cor està trist", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Iemand", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Someone", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Quelqu'un", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Pilar Lirio , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-19
Line count: 16
Word count: 85

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
   My heart is distressed -- I do not tell of it --
My heart is distressed over Someone;
I could keep watch the longest of nights,
And always dream of Someone;
      Oh rapture! of Someone;
      Oh heaven! of Someone;
I could range through the entire world,
   For the love of Someone.
   You powers who look favourably on love,
Oh smile graciously upon Someone!
Protect him where dangers threaten;
Give safe passage to Someone!
      Oh rapture! to Someone;
      Oh heaven! to Someone;
I would wish -- I would wish -- what would not I all wish
   For my Someone!


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This text was added to the website: 2016-01-11
Line count: 16
Word count: 95