Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Ich kann wohl manchmal singen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE HEB IRI ITA NOR POR SPA
Ich kann wohl manchmal singen,
Als ob ich fröhlich sei,
Doch heimlich Tränen dringen,
Da wird das Herz mir frei.

[Es]1 lassen Nachtigallen,
Spielt draußen Frühlingsluft,
Der Sehnsucht Lied erschallen
Aus ihres [Kerkers]2 Gruft.

[Da]3 lauschen alle Herzen,
Und alles ist erfreut,
Doch keiner [fühlt]3 die Schmerzen,
Im Lied das tiefe Leid.

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1 Blodek, Hensel, Schoeck, Széchényi: "So"
2 Blodek, Schoeck, Széchényi: "Käfigs"
3 Hensel: "Es"
4 Hensel: "ahnt"

Authorship

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:

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

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Weemoed", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Melancholy", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Parfois je peux bien chanter", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "עצבות", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Malinconia", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , "Vemod", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Elke Beatriz Riedel) , "Melancolia", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Diego S. Loyola) , "Melancolía", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-03-17 15:29:34
Line count: 12
Word count: 52

Parfois je peux bien chanter
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Parfois je peux bien chanter,
Comme si j'étais gai,
Pourtant de secrètes larmes percent,
Et cela me libère le cœur.

Les rossignols,
Quand au-dehors joue le zéphyr printanier,
Font résonner leur chant nostalgique
De leur geôle sépulcrale.

Alors tous les cœurs écoutent,
Et tous se réjouissent.
Pourtant personne ne ressent la douleur
Du chant, sa profonde peine.

Wehmut: Mélancolie

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  • 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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Text added to the website: 2008-11-18 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:00
Line count: 12
Word count: 57