by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Fredric Kroll

Meine Ruh' ist hin
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG ENG GRE ITA NOR SPA
Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer;
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

Wo ich ihn nicht hab'
Ist mir das Grab,
Die ganze Welt
Ist mir vergällt.

Mein armer Kopf
Ist mir verrückt,
Mein armer Sinn
Ist mir zerstückt.

Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer;
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

Nach ihm nur schau' ich
Zum Fenster hinaus,
Nach ihm nur geh' ich
Aus dem Haus.

Sein hoher Gang,
Sein' edle Gestalt,
Seines Mundes Lächeln,
Seiner Augen Gewalt,

Und seiner Rede
Zauberfluß,
Sein Händedruck,
Und ach sein Kuß!

Meine Ruh' ist hin,
Mein Herz ist schwer,
Ich finde sie nimmer
Und nimmermehr.

Mein Busen drängt
Sich nach ihm hin.
[Ach]1 dürft ich fassen
Und halten ihn!

Und küssen ihn
So wie ich wollt',
An seinen Küssen
Vergehen sollt'!

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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 177-178; with Faust. Eine Tragödie von Goethe, Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1808, pages 223-225; and with Faust. Ein Fragment. in Goethe's Schriften. Siebenter Band. Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1790, pages 133-135. Above the poem it is indicated "Gretchens Stube. Gretchen am Spinnrade allein." Note: Goethe did not split the final eight lines into two stanzas prior to 1828.

1 Zelter: "Als"

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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)

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Otokar Fischer) , "Můj klid ten tam"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Greetje aan het spinnewiel", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lynn Thompson) , "My peace is gone", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Fredric Kroll) , "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Walter A. Aue) , "My peace is gone", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Gérard Labrunie) , appears in Le Faust de Goethe [an adaptation]
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Το Ριτάκι στο ροδάνι", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "La mia pace è perduta", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Gretchen ved rokken", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , "Margarita en la Rueca"


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
My peace has fled,
My heart is heavy
Never shall I find it
Nevermore.

Wherever I do not have him
Is my grave,
My entire world
Has turned to gall.

My poor head
Has gone mad,
My poor mind
Is torn apart.

My peace has fled,
My heart is heavy
Never shall I find it
Nevermore.

For him alone
Do I look out of the window
For him alone
Do I leave the house.

His erect gait,
His noble figure,
The smile of his mouth,
The power of his gaze,

And the magic flow
Of his speech,
The pressure of his hands,
And ah! his kiss!

My peace has fled,
My heart is heavy,
Never shall I find it
Nevermore.

My bosom is driven
Towards him.
Ah, might I clasp
And hold him!

And kiss him,
Quite at my will,
And at his kisses
Lose consciousness!

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Text added to the website: 2005-09-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:14
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Word count: 146