sometimes misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) and by Marianne von Willemer (1784 - 1860)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Nimmer will ich dich verlieren
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Nimmer will ich dich verlieren!
Liebe gibt der Liebe Kraft.
Magst du meine Jugend zieren
Mit gewaltiger Leidenschaft.

Ach! Wie schmeichelt's meinem Triebe,
Wenn man meinen Dichter preist!
Denn das Leben ist die Liebe,
Und des Lebens Leben Geist.


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "May I never lose you", copyright ©
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Non voglio perderti mai", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 39

May I never lose you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
May I never lose you!
Love gives strength to the loving.
May you adorn my youth
with immense passion.

Ah! How they caress my inner self
when they praise my poet!
For life is love,
and intellect is the life of existence.


  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 42