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

Wer nie sein Brod mit Thränen aß
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE HUN ITA
Wer nie sein Brod mit Thränen aß,
Wer nie die kummervollen Nächte
Auf seinem [Bette]1 weinend saß,
Der kennt euch nicht, ihr himmlischen Mächte!
 
Ihr führt ins Leben uns hinein,
Ihr laßt den Armen schuldig werden,
Dann überlaßt ihr ihn der Pein:
Denn alle Schuld rächt sich auf Erden.

J. Sibelius sets stanza 1

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Zweyter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 122; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Achtzehnter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, pages 217-218.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Erster Band. Berlin. Bey Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795, page 346. The poem appears in Book 2, Chapter 13 of Goethe's novel.

1 Droste-Hülshoff: "Lager"

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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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  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation possibly by Victor Alexis Dela Montagne (1854 - 1915); composed by Frank Valentin Van der Stucken.
  • Also set in English, a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , copyright © ; composed by Ralph Shapey.
  • Also set in Finnish (Suomi), a translation by Eino Leino (1878 - 1926) ; composed by Jean Sibelius.
  • Also set in Polish (Polski), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Wilhelm Czerwinski.

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jan Evangelista Nečas) , "Harfeník"
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Wie nooit zijn brood in tranen at", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "He who never ate his bread with tears", copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Walter A. Aue) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission [an adaptation]
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Celui qui n'a jamais mangé son pain avec des larmes", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Chi non mangiò mai pane bagnato di lacrime", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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Celui qui n'a jamais mangé son pain avec des larmes
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Celui qui n'a jamais mangé son pain avec des larmes,
Celui qui au cours de nuits pleines de chagrins
Ne s'est jamais assis sur son lit en pleurant,
Ne vous connaît pas, vous célestes puissances.

Vous nous faites entrer dans la vie,
Vous faites se culpabiliser le pauvre,
Ensuite vous l'abandonnez à ses peines :
Car toute faute se paie sur terre.

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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: 2009-01-28 00:00:00
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