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

Unüberwindlich
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE FRL
Hab' ich tausendmal geschworen
Dieser Flasche nicht zu trauen,
Bin ich doch wie neugeboren,
Läßt mein Schenke fern sie schauen.

Alles ist an ihr zu loben,
Glaskristall und Purpurwein;
Wird der Propf herausgehoben,
Sie ist leer und ich nicht mein.

Hab' ich tausendmal geschworen,
Dieser Falschen nicht zu trauen,
Und doch bin ich neugeboren,
Läßt sie sich ins Auge schauen.

Mag sie doch mit mir verfahren,
Wie's dem stärksten Mann geschah.
Deine Scher' in meinen Haaren,
Allerliebste Delila!

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Onoverwinnelijk", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Unconquerable", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'ai mille fois juré", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRL Friulian (Ermes Culos) , copyright © 2009, (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: 16
Word count: 78

Unconquerable
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Although I've sworn a thousand times
 Not to trust this bottle,
 I feel born again
 when from afar my innkeeper presents it.

 Everything about it may be praised:
 crystal glass and purple wine;
 but when the cork is drawn,
 it is soon empty and I am not my own master.

 Although I've sworn a thousand times
 not to trust this false one,
 I feel born again
 when she gazes into my eyes.

 She may treat me
 as the strongest of men was treated.
 Your scissors are in my hair,
 most beloved Delilah!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 16
Word count: 93