by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Marianne Beate Kielland

Süßer Freund, du blickest
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG FRE HEB IRI ITA NOR RUS
Süßer Freund, du blickest
  Mich verwundert an,
Kannst es nicht begreifen,
  Wie ich weinen kann;
Laß der feuchten Perlen
  Ungewohnte Zier
[Freudenhell erzittern
  In den Wimpern mir]1.

Wie so bang mein Busen,
  Wie so wonnevoll!
Wüßt' ich nur mit Worten,
  Wie ich's sagen soll;
Komm und [birg]2 dein Antlitz
  Hier an meiner Brust,
Will in's Ohr dir flüstern
  Alle meine Lust.

Hab' ob manchen Zeichen
  Mutter schon gefragt,
Hat die gute Mutter
  Alles mir gesagt,
Hat mich unterwiesen,
  Wie, nach allem Schein,
Bald für eine Wiege
  Muß gesorget sein.

Weißt du nun die Thränen,
  Die ich weinen kann?
Sollst du nicht sie sehen,
  Du geliebter Mann;
Bleib' an meinem Herzen,
  Fühle dessen Schlag,
Daß ich fest und fester
  Nur dich drücken mag.

Hier an meinem Bette
  Hat die Wiege Raum,
Wo sie still verberge
  Meinen holden Traum;
Kommen wird der Morgen,
  Wo der Traum erwacht,
Und daraus dein Bildniß
  Mir [entgegen lacht]3.

R. Schumann sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, pages 13-14.

Modernized spelling would change "Thränen" to "Tränen" and "Bildniß" to "Bildnis".
1 Schumann: "Freudig hell erzittern / In dem Auge mir"
2 Loewe: "bring"
3 Loewe: "entgegenlacht"

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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Søde ven, du ser", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Lieve vriend, wat kijk je", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "Sweet friend, thou gazest", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Doux ami, étonné", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , 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) , "Dolce amico, tu", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Милый друг, ты смотришь", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 40
Word count: 152

Søte venn, du ser
Language: Norwegian (Bokmål)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Søte venn, du ser 
så forundret på meg,
du kan ikke begripe hvordan 
jeg kan gråte;
La de fuktige perlenes 
uvante utsmykning
lykkelig lyst skjelve 
i mitt øye.

Hvor engstelig, mitt bryst, 
hvor håpefull!
Hvis jeg kun med ord visste 
hvordan jeg skulle si det;
Kom og gjem ditt åsyn 
her ved mitt bryst,
I ditt øre vil 
jeg hviske all min lyst.










Forstår du nå mine tårer, 
hvorfor jeg kan gråte?
Skulle ikke du se dem, 
du elskede mann?
Bli ved mitt hjerte, 
føl dets slag,
slik at jeg fast og ennå 
fastere vil trykke deg til meg.

Her ved min seng er 
det plass for vuggen,
der gjemmer den stille 
min vakre drøm;
Morgenen vil komme 
hvor drømmen våkner,
og fra vuggen vil 
ditt bilde le imot meg.

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This text was added to the website: 2009-06-11
Line count: 32
Word count: 130