Translation © by Laura Prichard

Ach könnt ich diesen Abend
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
 Ach könnt ich diesen Abend
 noch einmal freien geh'n!
 Mein jung' Herz muß zerbrechen,
 kann ich nicht mit ihr sprechen,
 vor ihrem Schlaffenster steh'n.

 Ach schläfst du oder wachest du?
 sag', du mein schön' Herzlieb!
 Liegst du so schwer in Träumen,
 gedenk' an den Getreuen,
 der vor dein'm Schlaffenster steht.

 Ich schlafe nicht, ich wache,
 ich schlafe wenn ich will.
 Du stehst wohl vor der Türe,
 es will dir nicht gebühren,
 denn du bist der Rechte nicht.

 Jetzt kann ich auch wohl wandern,
 jetzt kann ich auch wohl geh'n,
 muß wandern üb'r die Straßen,
 mein' Lieb' hat mich verlassen:
 sag' schön' Herzlieb, was hab' ich dir getan?


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Ach, kon ik deze avond", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Ah si je pouvais ce soir", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Laura Prichard) , title 1: "Oh, if only I could, this evening", copyright © 2016, (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: 23
Word count: 110

Oh, if only I could, this evening
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Oh, if only I could, this evening,
 go out courting again!
 My young heart will break,
 if I can’t speak with her,
 standing under her bedroom window.

 Hey, are you asleep or awake?
 Tell me, my beautiful darling!
 Lying deep in your dreams,
 think on your faithful one,
 standing under your bedroom window.

 I’m not asleep, I’m awake,
 I sleep when I feel like it.
 You’re definitely standing at my door,
 but that won’t do,
 since you’re not Mr. Right.

 Now I can go a-roving,
 and now I can go on my way,
 I must wander the streets
 since my love has forsaken me:
 tell me, beautiful darling, what have you done?


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This text was added to the website: 2016-10-22
Line count: 23
Word count: 115