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by Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Anfangs wollt' ich fast verzagen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FIN FRE ITA SPA
Anfangs wollt' ich fast verzagen,
und ich glaubt', ich trüg' es nie;
und ich hab' es doch getragen -
aber fragt mich nur nicht, wie?

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Poem headed with An Carl v. U Ins Stammbuch

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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):


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Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in English, a translation by Maude Valérie White (1855 - 1937) , "At first I thought I should despair" ; composed by Maude Valérie White.
  • Also set in Polish (Polski), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Wilhelm Czerwinski.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Pyotr Isayevich Veinberg (1831 - 1908) , no title ; composed by Aleksandr Tikhonovich Gretchaninov.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "In 't begin wou 'k haast versagen", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "At first I almost despaired", copyright ©
  • FIN Finnish (Suomi) (Erkki Pullinen) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au début, j'étais presque découragé", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "All'inizio stavo per scoraggiarmi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Beate Binnig) , copyright © 2016, (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: 4
Word count: 25

Au début, j'étais presque découragé
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Au début, j'étais presque découragé,
Et je croyais ne jamais le supporter;
Et pourtant je l'ai bien supporté
Seulement, ne me demande pas comment.

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.
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This text was added to the website: 2008-04-10
Line count: 4
Word count: 24