by Stefan George (1868 - 1933)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

So ich traurig bin
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
So ich traurig bin
Weiß ich nur ein ding:
Ich denke mich bei dir
Und singe dir ein lied.

Fast vernehme ich dann
Deiner stimme klang ·
Ferne singt sie nach
Und minder wird mein gram.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Stefan George, Werke. Ausgabe in Zwei Bänden, Erster Band, 4. Auflage, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1984, pages 94-95


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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "When I am sad", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Jakob Kellner , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 36

When I am sad
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When I am sad
I know only one thing [to do]:
I imagine that I am with you
And sing you a song.

I almost perceive then
The sound of your voice ·
Far away it echoes me
And my misery is lessened.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-08-29
Line count: 8
Word count: 43