by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Wohin mit der Freud'?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE ITA
Ach du klarblauer Himmel, und wie schön bist du heut'!
Möcht' ans Herz gleich dich drücken [vor]1 Jubel und Freud'.
Aber 's geht doch nicht an, Denn du bist mir zu weit,
Und mit all' meiner Freud', was fang' ich doch an?

Ach du lichtgrüne Welt, und wie strahlst du [vor]1 Lust!
Und ich möcht' [mich gleich]2 werfen dir voll Lieb' an die Brust;
Aber 's geht doch nicht an, und das ist ja mein Leid,
Und mit all' meiner Freud', was fang' ich doch an?

Und da [seh']3 ich mein Lieb [unterm Lindenbaum stehn]4,
War so klar wie der Himmel, wie die Erde so schön!
Und wir küßten uns beid', und wir sangen [vor]1 Lust,
Und da hab' ich gewußt, wohin mit der Freud'!

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1 Wolf: "voll"
2 Wolf: "gleich mich"
3 Silcher, Wolf: "sah'"
4 Wolf: "Am Kastanienbaum stehn"


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

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Where to go with my joy", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Della gioia, che farne?", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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Della gioia, che farne?
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Tu cielo azzurro e chiaro, quanto sei bello oggi!
Potessi stringerti al cuore colmo di gioia festosa.
Ma ciò non mi è possibile, tu sei troppo lontano,
e di tutta questa gioia allora che me ne faccio?
Tu mondo verdeggiante, come di gioia risplendi!
Potessi io gettarmi pure su te, colmo d'amore;
Ma ciò non mi è possibile e molto mi addolora,
di tutta questa gioia, che me ne faccio allora?
Vidi allora il mio amore, presso l'ippocastano,
come il cielo era chiaro e come la terra bello,
e ci scambiammo un bacio, e cantammo felici.
E io compresi infine della gioia che farmene.


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Text added to the website: 2009-05-04 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:13
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Word count: 104