by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Am Flusse
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Verfließet, vielgeliebte Lieder,
Zum Meere der Vergessenheit!
Kein [Knabe]1 sing' entzückt euch wieder,
Kein [Mädchen]2 in der Blütenzeit.

Ihr sanget nur [von]3 meiner Lieben;
Nun spricht sie meiner Treue Hohn.
Ihr wart ins Wasser eingeschrieben;
So fließt denn auch mit ihm davon.

G. Gerson sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 68, and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1799, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, page 231.

First published 1799 in Schiller's Musen-Almanach with the title "An meine Lieder" and with "Justus Amman" as the author's name.

1 Goethe's first edition: "Mädchen"
2 Goethe's first edition: "Jüngling"
3 Goethe's first edition: "zu"

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) , "Al riu", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bij de rivier", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "By the river", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "By the river", first published 1853
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au bord du fleuve", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul fiume", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-05-18 14:33:58
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Au bord du fleuve
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Écoulez‑vous, bien‑aimées chansons,
Vers la mer de l'oubli !
Aucun amoureux ne doit plus vous chanter,
Aucune fille, à la saison des fleurs.

Vous ne chantiez que mon amour ;
À présent elle se moque de ma fidélité.
Vous étiez écrites sur l'eau ;
Alors, avec elle écoulez‑vous.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2009 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: 2009-01-17 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:04
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