by Johann Peter Uz (1720 - 1796)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

An Chloen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA
Die Munterkeit ist meinen Wangen,
Den Augen Glut und Sprach entgangen;
Der Mund will kaum ein Lächeln wagen;
Kaum will der welke Leib sich tragen,
Der Bluhmen am Mittage gleicht,
Wann Flora lechzt und Zephyr weicht.

Doch merk ich, wann sich Chloe zeiget,
Daß mein entflammter Blick nicht schweiget, 
Und Suada nach den Lippen flieget; 
Ein glühend Roth im Antlitz sieget,
Und alles sich an mir verjüngt, 
Wie Bluhmen, die der Thau durchdringt. 

Ich seh auf sie mit bangem Sehnen,
Und kann den Blick nicht weggewöhnen:
Die Anmuth, die im Auge wachet
Und um die jungen Wangen lachet,
Zieht meinen weggewichnen Blick
Mit güldnen Banden stets zurück.

Mein Blut strömt mit geschwindern Güssen;
Ich brenn, ich zittre, sie zu küssen;
Ich suche sie mit wilden Blicken,
Und Ungeduld will mich ersticken,
Indem ich immer sehnsuchtsvoll
Sie sehn und nicht umarmen soll.

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1, 3-4

Confirmed with Sämtliche Poetische Werke von J. P. Uz. Erster Band. Leipzig in der Dykischen Buchhandlung. 1768, pages 17-18; and with Poetische Werke von Johann Peter Uz. Zweyter Band. Nach seinen eigenhändigen Verbesserungen herausgegeben von Christian Felix Weisse. Wien. Bey J. V. Degen, Buchdrucker und Buchhändler. 1805, pages 13-14.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "A Cloe", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan Chloë", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Chloe", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "To Chloe", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Chloé", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "A Cloe", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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To Chloe
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
There is no more liveliness in my cheeks,
It has gone from the glow in my eyes and my speech;
My mouth hardly dare form a smile;
My wilting body can barely carry itself,
It is like flowers in the middle of the day
When Flora is panting and Zephyr has stopped blowing.

But I notice when Chloe appears
That my inflamed gaze does not remain silent,
And Suada flows towards my lips,
A glowing red gains victory over my face,
And everything around me is rejuvenated,
Like flowers that are permeated by dew.

I look on her with anxious longing,
And I cannot avert my gaze:
The charm that keeps watch in her eyes
And which makes her young cheeks so cheerful
Always draws my averted gaze
Back to her using golden chains.

My blood flows in rapid torrents;
I am burning and trembling [because I want] to kiss her;
I search for her with a wild look in my eye
And impatience is about to suffocate me,
Since I am always full of longing
To see her but I may not embrace her.

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