by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Ana Vargas

So laßt mich scheinen, bis ich werde
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA POR
So laßt mich scheinen, bis ich werde,
Zieht mir das weiße Kleid nicht aus!
Ich eile von der [schönen]1 Erde
Hinab in jenes [feste]2 Haus.

Dort ruh' ich eine kleine Stille,
Dann öffnet sich der frische Blick;
Ich lasse dann die reine Hülle,
Den Gürtel und den Kranz zurück.

Und jene [himmlischen]3 Gestalten
Sie fragen nicht nach Mann und Weib,
Und keine Kleider, keine Falten
Umgeben den verklärten Leib.

Zwar lebt' ich ohne Sorg und Mühe,
Doch fühlt' ich tiefen Schmerz genung.
Vor Kummer altert' ich zu frühe;
Macht mich auf ewig wieder jung.

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Zweyter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 119; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Zwanzigster Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, page 159.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Vierter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1796, pages 259-260. The poem appears in Book 8, Chapter 2 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (D. 727): "schönsten"
2 Schubert (D. 877/3): "dunkle"
3 Goethe (editions prior to 1827): "himmlische"

Authorship

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) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Laat mij zo lijken tot ik zijn zal", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "So let me seem", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Lasciatemi apparire così", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Montanari) , "Così lasciate che io appaia, finché non mi trasformi", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Ana Vargas) , "Deixe-me aparecer, até que eu seja", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-02-28 05:57:48
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Deixe‑me aparecer, até que eu seja
Language: Portuguese (Português)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Deixe-me aparecer, até que eu seja,
Não me dispa o vestido branco!
Eu me apresso da bela Terra
Descendo àquele rígido lar.

Lá  eu descanso um breve momento,
Então se abre uma nova visão.
Deixo então para trás o puro véu,
O cinto e a coroa.

E aqueles seres celestiais
Não perguntam por homem ou mulher
E nenhuma roupa, nenhuma dobra
Cobre o corpo transfigurado.

Na verdade vivi sem preocupação e esforço,
Mas senti profunda dor o bastante.
De sofrimento eu envelheci cedo demais.
Faça-me para sempre novamente jovem.

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Text added to the website: 2006-10-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:19
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Word count: 89