Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Wer ist vor meiner Kammerthür?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE
Wer ist vor meiner Kammerthür? --
    "Ich bin es," -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Geh, [pack']2 dich fort! was suchst du hier? --
    "Gar Süßes!" -- [sagte Finlay --]1
Du kommst im Dunkeln, wie ein Dieb. --
    "So fang mich!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Du hast mich wohl ein wenig lieb? --
     "Von Herzen!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1

Und öffnet' ich nach deinem [Sinn]3 --
    "O öffne!" -- [flehte Finlay --]1
Da wär ja Schlaf und Ruhe hin; --
    "Laß hin sein!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Ein Tauber du im Taubenschlag! --
    "Beim Täubchen!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Du girrtest bis zum hellen Tag. --
    "Wohl möglich!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1

Nein! nimmer lass' ich dich herein! --
    "Thu's dennoch!" -- [flehte Finlay --]1
Du stelltest wohl dich täglich ein? --
    "Mit Freuden!" -- [sagte Finlay --]1
Wie keck du bist und was du wagst! --
    "So darf ich?" -- [fragte Finlay --]1
Daß du's nur keiner Seele sagst! --
    "Gewiß nicht!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1

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Confirmed with Robert Burns’ Gedichte, deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth., 1840, page2 161-162

1 omitted by Schumann
2 Schumann: "schier"
3 Schumann: "Wunsch!"

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-07-22 12:59:09
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Word count: 141

Who stands before the door of my...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Who stands before the door of my chamber? --
    "It is I," -- [said Finlay. --]1
Go take yourself off! what do you want here? --
    "Something sweet!" -- [said Finlay --]1
You come in darkness like a thief. --
    "Well, catch me then!" -- [said Finlay. --]1
I suppose you love me a little? --
    "With all my heart!" -- [said Finlay. --]1

And if I opened [the door] as you would [like]2 --
    "Oh open it!" -- [pleaded Finlay --]1
That would be the end of sleep and rest; --
    "Let it be thus!" -- [said Finlay. --]1
You’re like a cock-pigeon in a dovecote! --
    "With the little dove!" -- [said Finlay. --]1
You would coo until the bright day [dawns]. --
    "Quite possibly!" -- [said Finlay. --]1

No! I shall never let you in! --
    "Do it anyway!" -- [pleaded Finlay --]1
You would turn up every single day? --
    "Gladly!" -- [said Finlay --]1
How audacious you are and how much you dare! --
    "May I then?" -- [asked Finlay --]1
Only don’t you tell a soul! --
    "Definitely not!" -- [said Finlay. --]1

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Translations of title(s):
"Unterm Fenster" = "Under the window"
"Der kecke Finlay" = "Audacious Finlay"

1 omitted by Schumann
2 Schumann: "wish"

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Text added to the website: 2017-08-25 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-08-25 22:28:33
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Word count: 165