by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Malcolm Wren

Wenn ich dein gedenke
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Wenn ich dein gedenke, 
Fragt mich gleich der Schenke:
Herr, warum so still?
Da von deinen Lehren
immer weiter hören
Saki gerne will.

Wenn ich mich vergesse 
Unter der Zypresse,
Hält er nichts davon;
Und im stillen Kreise
Bin ich doch so weise,
Klug wie Salomon.

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

  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , title 1: "When I think of you", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Quando a te volgo il pensiero", copyright © 2012, (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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When I think of you
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When I think of you
the cup-bearer just asks me,
"Sir, why are you so still?
Your teaching
in ever greater detail
is something Saki is keen on."

When I forget myself
under the cypress tree
he gets nothing from it;
and in this quiet circle
I am as wise and as
clever as Solomon.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2006 by Malcolm Wren, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website: 2006-03-01 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:17
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