by Carl Siebel (1836 - 1868)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Hätt' es nimmer gedacht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Hätt' es nimmer gedacht,
Daß [ein]1 Strom, so heiß,
Im Winter [würd']2
Zu starrem Eis!

Daß ein Ringlein von Gold,
So [den Finger]3 schmückt,
[Wie'n]4 Mühlstein schwer
Auf die Seele drückt!

Daß nach prangendem Tag
So stürmisch die Nacht,
So krank das Herz! --
[Hätt's nie gedacht]5!

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Confirmed with Carl Siebel's Dichtungen, Gesammelt von seinen Freunden, Herausgegeben von Emil Rittershaus, Berlin: G. Grote'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1877, page 230.

1 Gänsbacher: "der"
2 Leberl: "wird"
3 Leberl: "das Fingerlein"
4 Leberl: "Wie ein"
5 Blumenthal, Meyer-Helmund: "Hätt' es nimmer gedacht"; Leberl, "Hätt es nimmer gedacht, hätts nimmer gedacht, nie gedacht"


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  • ENG English [singable] (Gwendolen Gore) , "Disillusion"
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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I would never have thought
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I would never have thought
That [a]1 torrent so ardent
In winter [would turn into]2
Rigid ice!

That a ring made of gold
That adorns the [finger]3
Could press upon the soul
Like a heavy millstone!

That after a resplendent day
The night could be so stormy,
So sick the heart! --
I would never have [thought it]4!

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Translations of title(s):
"Enttäuschung" = "Disappointment"
"Hätt' es nimmer gedacht" = "I would never have thought it"
"Nimmer gedacht" = "Never thought"

1 Gänsbacher: "the"
2 Leberl: "turns into"
3 Leberl: "little finger"
4 Blumenthal, Meyer-Helmund: "thought"


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This text was added to the website: 2021-09-14
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Word count: 57