by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation by Luigi Balestra (1808 - 1863)

Ach neige,/ Du Schmerzenreiche
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Ach neige,
Du Schmerzenreiche,
Dein [Antlitz gnädig]1 meiner Noth!

Das Schwert im Herzen,
Mit tausend Schmerzen
Blickst auf zu deines Sohnes Tod.

Zum Vater blickst du,
Und Seufzer schickst du
Hinauf um sein' und deine Noth.

Wer fühlet,
Wie wühlet
Der Schmerz mir im Gebein?
Was mein armes Herz hier banget,
Was es zittert, was verlanget,
Weißt nur du, nur du allein!

Wohin ich immer gehe,
Wie weh, wie weh, wie wehe
Wird mir im Busen hier!
Ich bin ach kaum alleine,
Ich wein', ich wein', ich weine,
Das Herz zerbricht in mir.

Die Scherben vor meinem Fenster
Bethaut' ich mit Thränen, ach!
Als ich am frühen Morgen
Dir diese Blumen brach.

Schien hell in meine Kammer
Die Sonne früh herauf,
Saß ich in allem Jammer
In meinem Bett' schon auf.

Hilf! rette mich von Schmach und Tod!
Ach neige,
Du Schmerzenreiche,
Dein Antlitz gnädig meiner Noth!

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Zwölfter Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1828, pages 189-190; and with Faust. Ein Fragment. in Goethe's Schriften. Siebenter Band. Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1790, pages 161-163.

1 Loewe: "gnädig Antlitz"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Greetje's smeekgebed", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Ah, lean down, you who are full of sorrow", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ah abaisse, Toi emplie de douleur", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Io ti prego, Dolorosa", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-08-27 04:35:36
Line count: 33
Word count: 147

Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
 Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata,
 China il guardo al mio dolore;
 Tu, una spada fitta in core,
 Volgi gl'occhi desolata
 Al morente tuo figliuol.
 Quelle occhiate, i sospir vanno
 Lassù al padre e son preghiera
 Che il suo tempri ed il tuo affanno.
 Come a me squarcin le viscere 
 Gl'insoffribili miei guai
 E dell'ansio petto i palpiti
 Chi comprendere può mai?
 Di che trema il cor? Che vuol?
 Ah! tu sola il sai, tu sol!
 Sempre, ovunque il passo io giro,
 Qual martiro, qual martiro
 Qui nel sen porto con me!
 Solitaria appena, oh, quanto 
 Verso allora, oh, quanto pianto
 E di dentro scoppia il cor.
 Sul vasel del finestrino 
 La mia la crima scendea
 Quando all'alba del mattino
 Questi fior per te cogliea,
 Chè del sole il primo raggio
 La mia stanza rischiarava
 E dal letto mi cacciava
 Agitandomi il dolor.
 Ah, per te dal disonore,
 Dalla morte io sia salvata.
 Deh, pietoso al mio dololre
 China il guardo, oh Addolorata!

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

  • ENG English (Mario Giuseppe Genesi) , title 1: "Oh, with mercy, Oh Woman of Griefs", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Oh, aie pitié, ô femme de douleurs", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-16 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:00
Line count: 32
Word count: 162