by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by Laura Prichard

Liebchen, wo bist du?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
  Zaubrer bin ich, doch was frommt es?
Denn mein Lieb ist eine [Fei]1,
Höhnt mich mit noch [ärgerm]2 Zauber,
Ruf' ich freundlich sie herbei:
  Liebchen, wo bist du?

  Heute noch in Feld und Garten
Ging ich, sie zu suchen, aus;
Plötzlich lacht' aus einer Rose
Glühend roth ihr Mund heraus:
  Liebster, da bin ich!

  Ich nun ward ein schneller Zephyr,
Küßt im Flug die Rose schon.
Ach! nur eine Rose küßt' ich,
Liebchen war daraus entflohn.
  Liebchen, wo bist du?

  Sieh, da schaut sie aus der Sonne,
Eingehüllt in Strahlen ganz,
Und doch blinkten ihre Augen
Mir durch all den Himmelsglanz:
  Liebster, da bin ich!

  Ich, zum klaren See mich wandelnd,
Fing mir schnell den Sonnenschein;
Ach! nur Sonnenstrahlen fing ich,
Liebchen saß nicht mehr darein.
  Liebchen, wo bist du?

  Horch, da sang am Waldes-Ufer
Plötzlich eine Nachtigall;
Wohlbekannt war mir die Stimme,
Und sie sang mit süßem Schall:
  Liebster, da bin ich!

Schnell zum Abendstern [gewandelt]3,
Blickt' ich durch die grüne Nacht;
Ach! [ein leeres Nest]4 erblickt' ich,
Liebchen [hatt']5 sich fortgemacht.
  Liebchen, wo bist du?

  Und so treibt sie's alle Tage,
Läßt mir eben jetzt nicht Ruh',
Während dieses Lied ich singe,
Ruft sie unsichtbar mir zu:
  Liebster, da bin ich!

  Liebchen, mach' dem Spiel ein Ende,
Komm nun endlich selbst herbei,
Glaub', ein einz'ger Kuß ist schöner,
Als die ganze Zauberei!
  Liebchen, wo bist du?

H. Wolf sets stanzas 1-3, 6-9

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Wolf: "Fee"
2 Wolf: "ändern"
3 Wolf: "verwandelt"
4 Wolf: "den leeren Busch"
5 Wolf: "hat"


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) , "Estimada, on ets?", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , "Beloved, where are you?", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chérie, où es-tu ?", first published 1892, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Amore, dove sei tu?", copyright © 2009, (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: 45
Word count: 229

Beloved, where are you?
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  I'm a sorcerer, but what’s the use?
For my love is a [fairy]1,
[She] mocks me with more [aggravating]2 magic,
[When] I call her to me in this kind way:
  Beloved, where are you?

  Again today in fields and gardens
I went looking for her;
Unexpectedly, I heard laughter emerge from a rose
From the glowing red of her mouth:
  Beloved, here am I!

  Then I became a swift zephyr,
Kissing the beautiful rose in flight.
Alas! I only kissed the rose,
As my beloved had flown away.
  Beloved, where are you?

  See, she is the very sunshine,
Enveloped in every ray,
And her eyes wink right
At me through the sky’s briliance:
  Beloved, here am I!

  I, walking by the clear lake,
Quickly caught one of the sun’s rays;
Alas! I only caught a single ray,
[And my] beloved no longer sat therein.
  Beloved, where are you?

  Hark, at the edge of the forest
A nightingale suddenly sang;
Well-known to me was the voice,
And she sang with a dulcet tone:
  Beloved, here am I!

Quickly [changing myself into]3 the evening star
I peered through the green night;
Alas! [an empty Nest]4 I saw,
[My] beloved [had]5 continued on her way.
  Beloved, where are you?

  And so she carries on every day,
Leaving me even now no rest,
While I sing this song,
Invisibly, she calls me to her:
  Beloved, here am I!

  Beloved, put an end to this game,
Come on, just appear to me,
Believe [me], a single kiss is more beautiful
Than any sorcery!
  Beloved, where are you?

View original text (without footnotes)

H. Wolf sets stanzas 1-3, 6-9.

1 Wolf: "fairy"
2 Wolf: "changeable"
3 Wolf: "transforming myself into"
4 Wolf: "a vacant bush"
5 Wolf: "had"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-09-20
Line count: 45
Word count: 263