by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS
Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben,
  Es hat ein Traum mich berückt;
Wie hätt' er doch unter allen
  Mich Arme erhöht und beglückt?

Mir war's, er habe gesprochen:
  Ich bin auf ewig dein --
Mir war's -- ich träume noch immer,
  Es kann ja nimmer so sein.

O laß im Traume mich sterben,
  Gewieget an seiner Brust,
Den [seligsten]1 Tod mich schlürfen
  In Thränen unendlicher Lust.

About the headline (FAQ)

View original text (without footnotes)

Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, page 11.

Note: modernized spelling would change "Thränen" to "Tränen"
1 Austin, Wiseneder, and some editions of Schumann: "seligen"

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 © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Jeg kan ikke fatte det, ikke tro det", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "I can't grasp it, nor believe it", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "I cannot, I dare not believe it", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je ne peux le comprendre ni le croire", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Non posso capirlo, non posso crederlo", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Не могу постигнуть, не могу поверить", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 64

Je ne peux le comprendre ni le croire
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Je ne peux le comprendre ni le croire,
Un rêve m'a ensorcelée ;
Comment aurait‑il bien pu, pauvre entre toutes,
Me distinguer et me ravir ?

Il m' a semblé, qu'il a dit :
« Je suis à toi pour toujours, »
Il m' a semblé -- j'en rêve encore,
Que cela ne pouvait jamais être.

Ô qu'en rêve je meure,
Bercée contre sa poitrine,
Que la bienheureuse mort s'abreuve
De mes larmes d'un infini plaisir.

Authorship

  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2008 by Pierre Mathé, (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.
    Contact: 

Based on

 

This text was added to the website: 2008-02-15
Line count: 12
Word count: 75