by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by J. Lee Riccardi

War schöner als der schönste Tag
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE ITA
War schöner als der schönste Tag,
Drum muß man mir verzeihen,
Daß ich sie nicht vergessen mag,
Am wenigsten im Freien.
Im Garten war's, sie trat heran,
Mir ihre Gunst zu zeigen;
Das fühl ich noch und denke dran
Und bleib ihr ganz zu eigen.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Poetische Werke, Band 2, Berlin, 1960, page 106.


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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 (J. Lee Riccardi) , "Song from Faust", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Elle était plus belle que le jour le plus beau", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Canzonetta", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Song from Faust
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
She was prettier than the prettiest day,
and so one has to forgive me,
because I cannot forget her,
especially outdoors.

She came into the garden
to show her kindness;
I feel it still and think of it
and remain totally hers.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © 2007 by J. Lee Riccardi, (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: 2007-11-07 00:00:00
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