by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876)
Translation © by Shula Keller

Wenn durch die Piazetta
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE ITA ITA
Wenn durch die Piazetta
Die Abendluft weht,
[Dann]1 weißt du, Ninetta,
Wer wartend [hier]2 steht.
Du weißt, wer trotz Schleier
Und Maske dich kennt,
[Wie Amor die Venus
Am Nachtfirmament.]3

Ein Schifferkleid trag' ich
Zur selbigen Zeit,
Und zitternd dir sag' ich:
„Das Boot [liegt]4 bereit!
[O, komm’! jetzt, wo Lune’n]5
Noch Wolken umziehn,
Laß durch die Lagunen,
[Mein Leben,]6 uns fliehn!“

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Confirmed with Ferdinand Freiligrath's sämmtliche Werke, Dritter Band, New-York: Verlag von Friedrich Gerhard, 1858, page 326.

1 Sommer: "So"
2 Sommer: "dort"
3 Fischhof, Mendelssohn: "Du weisst, wie die Sehnsucht / Im Herzen mir brennt." ; Sommer: "Du weisst, wie die Sehnsucht / Im Herzen hier brennt."
4 Fischhof, Mendelssohn, Sommer: "ist"
5 Schumann: "O komm, wo den Mond"
6 Fischhof, Mendelssohn, Sommer: "Geliebte"

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "When through the piazzetta", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant vénitien II", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Quando per la Piazzetta", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-13 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-02-08 13:15:13
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When through the piazzetta
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
When through the piazzetta 
blows the cool night air
Then, darling Ninetta, 
I'll come to you there.

Beneath your mask, hiding, 
I'll know you from afar
(2) As love knows, tho' clouding 
its own evening star.

I'll masquerade for you 
as a fair Gondolier,
And whisper, trembling --  
"Our boat, love, is near!"

Now come, under cover 
of the clouds by the moon ...
Now come, fly with me, 
o'er the silent Lagoon.

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Text added to the website: 2009-08-10 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:19
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