by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Daniel Platt

An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS
An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust,
Du meine Wonne, du meine Lust!

Das Glück ist die Liebe, die Lieb' ist das Glück,
Ich [hab' es]1 gesagt und nehm's nicht zurück.

Hab' [überglücklich]2 mich geschätzt
Bin überglücklich aber jetzt.

Nur die da säugt, nur die da liebt
Das Kind, dem sie die Nahrung giebt;

Nur eine Mutter weiß allein,
Was lieben heißt und glücklich sein.

O, wie bedaur' ich doch den Mann,
Der Mutterglück nicht fühlen kann!

[Du schauest mich an und lächelst dazu,
Du lieber, lieber Engel, du!]3

An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust,
Du meine Wonne, du meine Lust!

Louis Ferdinand sets stanzas 1-3, 7-8

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 14-15.

Modernized spelling would change "giebt" to "gibt"
1 Loewe: "hab's"
2 Schumann: "überschwenglich"
3 Schumann: order of lines reversed.

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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):

  • 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) , "Ved mit hjerte, ved mit bryst", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hier in mijn armen, hier aan mijn borst", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "At my heart, at my breast", copyright ©, (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) , "Sur mon cœur, sur mon sein", 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) , "Sul mio cuore, sul mio petto", 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) , "В моём сердце, в моей груди", 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: 16
Word count: 100

At my heart, at my breast
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
At my heart, at my breast, 
thou my rapture, my happiness! 

The joy is the love, the love is the joy, 
I have said it, and won't take it back. 
 
I've thought myself rapturous, 
but now I'm happy beyond that. 

Only she that suckles, only she that loves 
the child, to whom she gives nourishment; 

Only a mother knows alone 
what it is to love and be happy. 
 
O how I pity then the man 
who cannot feel a mother's joy! 

[Thou lookst at me and smiles,
Thou dear, dear angel thou]1

At my heart, at my breast, 
thou my rapture, my happiness!

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1 lines reversed in Loewe, Schumann

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 103