possibly by Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805) and possibly by Karoline von Wolzogen (1763 - 1847)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Es ist so angenehm, so süß
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Es ist so angenehm, so süß,
Um einen lieben Mann zu spielen,
Entzückend, wie [im]1 Paradies,
Des Mannes Feuerkuß zu fühlen.

Jetzt weiß ich, was mein Taubenpaar,
Mit seinem sanften Girren sagte,
Und was der Nachtigallen Schaar,
So zärtlich sich in Liedern klagte;

Jetzt weiß ich, was mein volles Herz,
In ewiglangen Nächten engte;
Jetzt weiß ich, welcher süße Schmerz,
Oft seufzend meinen Busen drängte;

Warum kein Blümchen mir gefiel,
Warum der Mai mir nimmer lachte,
Warum der Vögel Liederspiel
Mich nimmermehr zur Freude fachte:

Mir trauerte die ganze Welt,
Ich kannte nicht die schönsten Triebe.
Nun hab’ ich, was mir längst gefehlt,
Beneide mich, Natur - ich liebe!

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Confirmed with Taschenbuch für Damen auf das Jahr 1809. Mit Beiträgen von Goethe, Lafontaine, Pfeffel, Jean Paul Richter, Schiller und andern. Tübingen in der J.G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, page 250; and with Friedrich Schillers sämmtliche Werke. Zehnter Band. Enthält: Gedichte. Zweyter Theil. Wien, 1810. In Commission bey Anton Doll, pages 263-264.

1 Schubert (and Schillers Werke, 1810 edition): "ein"

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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) , "Cançó", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lied", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Song", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 20
Word count: 109

Song
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
It is so pleasant, so sweet,
To play about with a beloved man,
It is delightful, like a paradise,
To feel the man's fiery kiss.

I now know what my pair of doves
Were saying with their gentle cooing,
And what the flock of nightingales
Was lamenting so affectionately in their songs.

I now know what my full heart
Was bothered by on endlessly long nights.
I now know what a sweet pain
It was that often pressed, sighing, on my breast.

Why no little flowers appealed to me,
Why May never smiled on me,
Why the birds' song performances
No longer stirred up any joy in me:

The whole world was mournful for me,
I did not know the most beautiful impulses.
I now have what I was lacking for so long,
Envy me, nature, I am in love!

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This text was added to the website: 2017-05-31
Line count: 20
Word count: 140