Translation © by Laura Prichard

Weine du nicht, o die ich innig liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Weine du nicht, o die ich innig liebe,
Daß ein trauriger Tag von dir mich scheidet!
Wenn nun wieder Hesperus dir dort lächelt,
Komm', ich Glücklicher, wieder!

Aber in dunkler Nacht ersteigst du Felsen,
Schwebst in täuschender dunkler Nacht auf Wassern!
Theilt' ich nur mit dir die Gefahr zu sterben;
Würd', ich Glückliche, weinen?

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Confirmed with Klopstocks Oden. Erster Band. Leipzig bey Georg Joachim Göschen. 1798, page 244; and with Oden von Klopstock. WIEN, gedruckt bey Joh. Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, k.k. Hofdruckern und Buchhändlern. 1784, page 224.


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 © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Selma et Selmar", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 54

Don’t cry, you whom I truly love
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Don’t cry, you whom I truly love,
 Since one sad day separates me from you!
 If once again Hesperus smiles on us,
 I will feel happiness again!

 But in the dark of night you climb over the rocks,
 Hovering in the falsely dark night over the waters!
 If I were only to share with you the danger of dying;
 Would I weep out of happiness?

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This text was added to the website: 2016-06-20
Line count: 8
Word count: 66