by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Linda Godry

Dir zu eröffnen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
Dir zu eröffnen 
mein Herz verlangt mich;
Hört' ich von deinem, 
darnach verlangt mich;
Wie blickt so traurig 
die Welt mich an!

In meinem Sinne 
wohnet mein Freund nur,
Und sonsten keiner 
und keine [Feindspur]1.
Wie Sonnenaufgang 
ward mir ein Vorsatz!

Mein Leben will ich 
nur zum Geschäfte
Von seiner Liebe 
[von heut an]2 machen.
Ich denke seiner, 
mir [blutet's]3 Herz.

Kraft hab' ich keine 
als ihn zu lieben,
So recht im Stillen.
Was soll das werden!
Will ihn umarmen 
und kann es nicht.

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1 Schumann: "Feindesspur"
2 omitted by Schumann.
3 Schumann: "blutet das"

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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:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), [adaptation] ; composed by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Liefdeslied (Jou te ontsluiten mijn hart)", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Linda Godry) , "I long to open up my heart for you", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , no title, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
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I long to open up my heart for you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I long to open up my heart for you;
hearing from yours, I long for;
how pathetic the world seems to me!
In my mind only lives my friend,
And nobody else, not a trace of an enemy.
Like a sunrise (all of a sudden) I came to the conclusion!
In my life I will make it my topmost business
to love him,
I keep thinking of him, my heart's bleeding,
bereaved of strength but for to love him,
calmly and composed; where do we go!
I want to hold him in my arms but can not.

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Text added to the website: 2004-11-07 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:10
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Word count: 97