by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Rastlose Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE POR
[Dem]1 Schnee, [dem]1 Regen,
Dem Wind entgegen,
Im Dampf der Klüfte,
Durch Nebeldüfte,
Immer zu! Immer zu!
Ohne Rast und Ruh!

Lieber durch Leiden
[Möcht']2 ich mich schlagen,
Als so viel Freuden
Des Lebens ertragen.
Alle das Neigen
[Von]3 Herzen zu Herzen,
Ach wie so eigen
Schaffet [das]4 Schmerzen!

Wie soll ich [fliehen?]5
Wälderwärts [ziehen?]6
[Alles]7 vergebens!
Krone des Lebens,
Glück ohne Ruh,
Liebe, bist du!

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 93, and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 147-148.

1 Harder: "Durch"
2 Schubert (Alte Gesamtausgabe): "Wollt'"; Greger: "Will"
3 Reichardt: "Der"
4 Schubert (2nd version, and 1st version in Alte Gesamtausgabe): "es"
5 Reichardt, Schubert: "flieh'n"
6 Reichardt, Schubert: "zieh'n"
7 Schubert: "Alles, alles"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Amor sense treva", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Rusteloze liefde", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Lynn Thompson) , "Restless love", copyright © 1997, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "Restless love", appears in The Poems of Goethe, first published 1853
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Amour sans repos", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Amor sem descanso", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-04-13 08:16:26
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Rusteloze liefde
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Door sneeuw, door regen,
Met stormwind tegen,
In damp van kolken,
Door nevelwolken,
Altijd door, altijd door
Jagen in haar spoor!

Liever aan lijden
Zou ik mij wagen
Dan zoveel vreugden
Des levens verdragen.

Al dat gehunker
Van harten naar harten.
Ach, hoe bijzonder
Creëert dat smarten!

Hoe dit ontlopen?5
't Bos in gekropen?6
Niets7 kan het baten!
Hoogste der staten,
Geluksslavernij,
Liefde, ben jij!

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5 Schubert: "Hoe dit ontgaan?"
6 Schubert: "Wouden in gaan?"
7 Schubert voegt toe: "Niets, nee, niets"

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Text added to the website: 2005-12-15 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:16
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Word count: 65