by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Amelia Maria Imbarrato

Herz, mein Herz, was soll das geben?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Herz, mein Herz, was soll das geben?
Was bedränget dich so sehr?
Welch ein fremdes neues Leben!
Ich erkenne dich nicht mehr.
Weg ist Alles, was du liebtest,
Weg warum du dich betrübtest,
Weg dein Fleiß und deine Ruh' -
Ach wie kamst du nur dazu!

Fesselt dich die Jugendblüte,
Diese liebliche Gestalt,
Dieser Blick voll Treu' und Güte,
Mit unendlicher Gewalt?
Will ich rasch mich ihr entziehen,
Mich ermannen, ihr entfliehen,
Führet mich im Augenblick
Ach mein Weg zu ihr zurück.

Und an diesem Zauberfädchen,
Das sich nicht zerreißen läßt,
Hält das liebe lose Mädchen,
Mich so wider Willen fest;
Muß in ihrem Zauberkreise
Leben nun auf ihre Weise.
Die Verändrung ach wie groß!
Liebe! Liebe! laß mich los!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 77-78; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 122-123.

Note: First published 1775 in Iris. Zweyter Band. Drittes Stück, where an earlier version of the poem Willkommen und Abschied is appended as stanzas 4-7.


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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nieuwe liefde, nieuw leven", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "New love, new life", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Nouvel amour, nouvelle vie", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Nuovo amore, nuova vita", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Nuovo amore, nuova vita
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Cuore, mio cuore, che succede?
Perché ti agiti tanto?
Quale strana, nuova vita!
Non ti riconosco più.
Non c'è più nulla di ciò che amavi,
nulla di ciò che ti turbava,
nulla della tua ansia e della tua pace -
ah, come sei arrivato a tanto?

Ti incatena quel fiore di giovinezza,
quella dolce figurina,
quello sguardo pieno di fede e di bontà,
con catena infinita?
E se a lei voglio strapparmi,
farmi forza  per sfuggirle,
mi riporta in un istante,
ahimè, la mia strada ancora a lei.

E a questo magico filo
che non si può spezzare
mi tiene avvinto la cara, leggiadra fanciulla
anche contro il mio volere;
devo, nel suo cerchio magico,
vivere a modo suo.
Ah, come è grande il cambiamento!
Amore, amore, lasciami libero!

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Text added to the website: 2006-01-19 00:00:00
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