by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

An die Thüren will ich schleichen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
An die Thüren will ich schleichen,
[Still]1 und sittsam will ich stehn;
[Fromme]2 Hand wird Nahrung reichen;
Und ich werde weiter gehn.
Jeder wird sich glücklich scheinen,
Wenn mein Bild vor ihm erscheint;
Eine Thräne wird er weinen,
Und ich weiß nicht was er weint.

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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 121; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Neunzehnter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, page 227.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Dritter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795, page 146. The poem appears in Book 5, Chapter 14 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (first version): "Fromm"
2 Goethe (1795 edition): "Frommer"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ; composed by Modest Petrovich Musorgsky.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Naar de deuren zal ik sluipen", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I will creep from door to door", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je vais me glisser de porte en porte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Alle porte voglio avvicinarmi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Naar de deuren zal ik sluipen
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Naar de deuren zal ik sluipen,
Stil en need'rig zal ik staan,
Vrome hand zal voedsel reiken
En ik zal weer verder gaan.
Ieder zal zich winnaar wanen,
Als mijn beeld voor hem verschijnt,
Zelfs een traan zal hij wel laten,
En ik weet niet wat hem schrijnt.

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  • Singable translation from German (Deutsch) to Dutch (Nederlands) copyright © 2008 by Lau Kanen, (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: 2008-01-14 00:00:00
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