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by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888)
Translation © by Michael P Rosewall

O laß mich nur von ferne stehn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
O laß mich nur von ferne stehn
Und [hangen]1 stumm an deinem Blick;
Du bist so jung, du bist so schön,
Aus deinen Augen lacht das Glück.
[Und]2 ich so arm, so müde schon,
Ich habe nichts, [was]3 dich gewinnt.
O, wär' ich doch ein Königssohn
Und du ein arm', [verlor'nes]4 Kind!

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Note: Reger SW lists this as "Dichter[in] unbekannt" (unknown poet)
1 Reger: "hängen"
2 Franckenstein: "Doch"
3 Reger: "das"
4 Franckenstein: "verlassen"


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

  • ENG English (Michael P Rosewall) , copyright © 2022, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "L'amour mendiant", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

This text was added to the website: 2007-07-30
Line count: 8
Word count: 52

Oh, allow me just to remain here, afar
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Oh, allow me just to remain here, afar,
And hang wordlessly upon your gaze;
You are so young, you are so beautiful,
Delight laughs from your eyes.
And I am so inadequate, already so spent,
I have nothing that might gain your favor.
Oh, if only I were the son of a king
And you were a poor, lost child!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2022 by Michael P Rosewall, (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: 2022-07-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 60