sometimes misattributed to Johann Heinrich Voss (1751 - 1826) and by Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Frage
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Ist es wahr? Ist es wahr?
Daß du stets dort in dem Laubgang,
An der Weinwand meiner harrst?
Und den Mondschein und die Sternlein
Auch nach mir befragst?

Ist es wahr? Sprich!
Was ich fühle, das begreift nur,
Die es mit fühlt,
Und die treu mir ewig,
Treu mir ewig, ewig bleibt.

Note: The first edition of opus 9 attributed the text to "H. Voss", but Sebastian Hensel (Fanny's son) later wrote that Felix Mendelssohn wrote both music and words on June 6, 1827. Source : Mendelssohn - 24 Songs : Medium Voice, ed. John Glenn Paton, Alfred Music Publishing, 1992.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Vraag", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Question", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Question", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 52

Question
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Is it true? Is it true
that over there in the leafy walkway, you always
wait for me by the vine-draped wall?
And that with the moonlight and the little stars
you consult about me also?

Is it true? Speak!
What I feel, only she grasps --
she who feels with me
and stays ever faithful to me,
eternally faithful.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 10
Word count: 59