by Johann Gottfried Herder (1744 - 1803)
Translation © by Alfonso Sebastián

Ach, könnt' ich, könnte vergessen Sie!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the French (Français) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA
Ach, [könnt' ich, könnte]1 vergessen Sie!
  Ihr [schönes, liebes, liebliches]2 Wesen,
Den Blick, die freundliche Lippe, die!
  Vielleicht ich möchte genesen!
Doch ach! mein Herz, mein Herz kann es nie!
Und doch ist's Wahnsinn, zu hoffen Sie!
    [Und um sie schweben, 
    Gibt Muth und Leben,
    Zu weichen nie! --]3
Und [denn]4, wie kann ich vergessen Sie,
  Ihr [schönes, liebes, liebliches]2 Wesen,
Den Blick, die freundliche Lippe, die!
  Viel lieber nimmer genesen!

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Confirmed with Johann Gottfried v. Herders Sämmtliche Werke, Zur schönen Literatur und Kunst, Dritter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta'scher Verlag, 1852, pages 193-194.

1 D'Alquen: "könnt' ich, könnt' ich"; Raif: "könnte, könnt' ich"
2 Raif: "schönes, liebliches"
3 omitted by Raif
4 D'Alquen: "doch"; Raif: dann"

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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) , "Een sonnet", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Oh, could I only forget her", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , "A sonnet"
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Sonnet", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Un sonetto", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Alfonso Sebastián) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-09
Line count: 13
Word count: 71

¡Ay, si pudiera olvidar
Language: Spanish (Español)  after the German (Deutsch) 
¡Ay, si pudiera olvidar
  su hermoso, amado, encantador ser
y la mirada, el labio amable,
  quizá pudiera sanar!
Mas, ¡ay, mi corazón nunca es capaz!
¡Y sin embargo, es desvarío esperarla!
    ¡Y estar suspenso de ella
    infunde valor y vida
    para nunca flaquear!
Y así, ¿cómo puedo olvidar
  su hermoso, amado, encantador ser
y la mirada, el labio amable?
  ¡Mejor no sanar nunca!

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Translations of titles
"Ein Sonett" = "Un soneto"
"Sonnet aus dem 13. Jahrhundert" = "Un soneto del siglo XIII"


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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to Spanish (Español) copyright © 2021 by Alfonso Sebastián, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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This text was added to the website: 2021-04-04
Line count: 13
Word count: 63