sometimes misattributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) and by Marianne von Willemer (1784 - 1860)
Translation © by Knut W. Barde

Hochbeglückt in deiner Liebe
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Hochbeglückt in deiner Liebe
Schelt ich nicht Gelegenheit,
Ward sie gleich an dir zum Diebe,
Wie mich solch ein Raub erfreut!

Und wozu denn auch berauben?
Gib dich mir aus freier Wahl;
Gar zu gerne möcht ich glauben:
Ja, ich bin's, die dich bestahl.

Was so willig du gegeben,
Bringt dir herrlichen Gewinn;
Meine Ruh, mein reiches Leben
Geb ich freudig, nimm es hin!

Scherze nicht! Nichts von Verarmen!
Macht uns nicht die Liebe reich?
Halt ich dich in meinen Armen,
Jedem Glück ist meines gleich.

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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):

  • ENG English (Knut W. Barde) , "Suleika", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , first published 1892, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Piena di gioia nel tuo amore", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 86

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Overjoyed with your love
I do not begrudge the occasion,
Even if it made you a thief's victim,
I am pleased by such a robbery!

And why should robbery be needed?
Give yourself to me freely;
I want to be able to believe:
Yes, it is I that did the robbing.

What you gave so willingly,
Does profit you greatly;
My piece of mind, my rich life
I give joyfully, take them!

Do not jest! Don't speak of poverty!
Doesn't love make us rich?
When I hold you in my arms,
My happiness is equal to any joy.


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This text was added to the website: 2006-04-25
Line count: 16
Word count: 98