by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Knut W. Barde

Sie haben wegen der Trunkenheit
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
Sie haben wegen der Trunkenheit
Vielfältig uns verklagt
Und haben von unsrer Trunkenheit
Lange nicht genug gesagt.
Gewöhnlich der Betrunkenheit
Erliegt man, bis es tagt;
Doch hat mich meine Betrunkenheit
In der Nacht umhergejagt.
Es ist die Liebestrunkenheit,
Die mich erbärmlich plagt,
Von Tag zu Nacht, von Nacht zu Tag
In meinem Herzen zagt,
Dem Herzen, das in Trunkenheit
Der Lieder schwillt und ragt,
Daß keine nüchterne Trunkenheit
Sich gleich zu heben wagt.
Lieb'-, Lied- und Weinestrunkenheit,
Ob's nachtet oder tagt,
Die göttlichste Betrunkenheit,
Die mich entzückt und plagt.

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

  • ENG English (Knut W. Barde) , title 1: "They have complained about our drunkenness", 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: "Di ubriachezza siamo stati...", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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They have complained about our drunkenness
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
They have complained about our drunkenness 
numerous times
And for a long time have not said 
enough about our drunkenness.
Usually one succumbs to drunkenness 
until the day breaks;
However, my drunkenness 
has chased me around during the night.
It is love's intoxication 
that makes me so very miserable,
That tears at my heart day and night, 
and night and day,
A heart that swells and grows
in drunken songs,
So that sober drunkenness
dares not compete.
Night or day, the intoxication 
of love, song, and wine,
Is the most divine drunkenness 
that enchants and pains me.


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