by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by David Gordon

Über meines Liebchens Äugeln
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ITA
Über meines Liebchens Äugeln
Stehn verwundert alle Leute;
Ich, der Wissende, dagegen
Weiß recht gut was das bedeute.

Denn es heißt: ich liebe diesen,
Und nicht etwa den und jenen.
Lasset nur ihr guten Leute
Euer Wundern, euer Sehnen!

Ja, mit ungeheuren Mächten
Blicket sie wohl in die Runde;
Doch sie sucht nur zu verkünden
Ihm die nächste süße Stunde.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Fünfter Band. Unter des durchlauchtigsten deutschen Bundes schützenden Privilegien. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, page 60; and with West-oestlicher Divan. von Goethe. Stuttgard, in der Cottaischen Buchhandlung 1819, page 60.

Note: line 1 begins in this edition with "Ueber", but we've changed it to the umlauted form to match the spelling of the lower-case versions.


Authorship

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 © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Geheim", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David Gordon) , "Secret", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Secret", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Paolo Pupillo) (Claretta Manara) , "Il segreto", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Segreto", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: David Gordon , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-07-23 20:25:39
Line count: 12
Word count: 60

Secret
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Everyone is astonished 
 At the eyes my sweetheart makes;
 But I, who understand, 
 Know quite well what they mean.

 For they say: I love him, 
 Not this one or that one. 
 So, good people cease 
 Your wondering and your longing!

 Indeed, she may well look about her 
 With a mightily powerful eye, 
 But she seeks only to give him a foretaste 
 Of the next sweet hour.

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by David Gordon, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 12
Word count: 67