by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

An Mignon
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE
Über [Thal und Fluß]1 getragen,
Ziehet rein der Sonne Wagen.
Ach, sie regt in ihrem Lauf,
So wie deine, meine Schmerzen,
Tief im Herzen,
Immer morgens wieder auf.

Kaum will mir die Nacht noch frommen,
Denn die Träume selber kommen
Nun in trauriger Gestalt,
Und ich fühle dieser Schmerzen,
Still im Herzen,
Heimlich bildende Gewalt.

Schon seit manchen schönen Jahren
Seh' ich unten Schiffe fahren;
Jedes kommt an seinen Ort;
Aber ach, die steten Schmerzen,
Fest im Herzen,
Schwimmen nicht im Strome fort.

Schön in Kleidern muß ich kommen,
Aus dem Schrank sind sie genommen,
Weil es heute Festtag ist;
Niemand [ahnet]2, daß von Schmerzen
Herz im Herzen
Grimmig mir zerrissen ist. 

Heimlich muß ich immer weinen,
Aber freundlich kann ich scheinen
Und sogar gesund und roth;
Wären tödtlich diese Schmerzen
Meinem Herzen,
Ach, schon lange wär ich todt.

F. Schubert sets stanzas 1-2 in (at least) one setting - see below for more information

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, pages 101-102, and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1798, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, pages 179-180.

1 Ore: "Fluß und Thal"; further changes may exist not shown above.
2 Goethe (in all prints prior to 1812): "ahndet"


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) , "A Mignon", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Aan Mignon", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "To Mignon", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "À Mignon", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 30
Word count: 139

To Mignon
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Crossing over vale and river 
 the sun chariot passes cleanly.
 Ah, it stirs in its course
 my agonies, much like yours,
 deep in the heart,
 always fresh each morning.

 Hardly does the night help me,
 for my dreams themselves come
 now in mournful aspect,
 and I feel these pains
 quietly in my heart,
 a secretly-forming power.

 Already, for many fair years
 have I seen ships sailing below,
 each going to its place,
 but ah! the constant agonies,
 firm in my heart,
 do not float away in the river.

 I must appear in fine clothing
 taken from the wardrobe
 because today is a holiday;
 no one suspects the agony
 that in my heart of hearts
 is tearing grimly at me.

 In secret I must weep,
 but I can seem cheerful,
 even healthy and flushed;
 were these agonies fatal
 to my heart,
 ah, I would long since have died.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 30
Word count: 148