by Frank Wedekind (1864 - 1918)
Translation by Samuel Atkins Eliot

Lied der Lulu: Comodo
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Wenn sich die Menschen um meinetwillen umgebracht haben,
so setzt das meinen Wert nicht herab.
Du hast so gut gewußt, weswegen du mich zur Frau nahmst, 
wie ich gewußt habe, weswegen ich dich zum Mann nahm.
Du hattest deine besten Freunde mit mir betrogen,
du konntest nicht gut auch noch dich selber mit mir betrügen.
Wenn du mir deinen Lebensabend zum Opfer bringst, 
so hast du meine ganze Jugend dafür gehabt.
Ich habe nie in der Welt etwas anderes scheinen wollen, 
als wofür man mich genommen hat. 
Und man hat mich nie in der Welt für etwas anderes genommen, 
als was ich bin.

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Samuel Atkins Eliot) , title unknown, published 1918


Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2009-01-04
Line count: 12
Word count: 103

If men have killed themselves for my...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
If men have killed themselves for my sake, 
that doesn't lower my value. 
You know as well why you made me your wife 
as I knew why I took you for husband. 
You had deceived your best friends with me; 
you could not well go on deceiving yourself with me. 
If you bring me the close of your life as a sacrifice, 
still you have had my whole youth for it. 
You understand ten times better than I do
which is the more valuable. 
I have never in the world wished to seem to be anything different from what I am taken for, 
and I have never in the world been taken for anything different from what I am.

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Researcher for this text: Harry Joelson

This text was added to the website: 2009-03-05
Line count: 12
Word count: 119