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

Ich denke dein, wenn mir der Sonne...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG ENG FRE IRI ITA POR
Ich denke dein, wenn mir der Sonne Schimmer
[Vom Meere]1 strahlt;
Ich denke dein, wenn sich des Mondes [Flimmer]2
In Quellen mahlt.

Ich sehe dich, wenn auf dem fernen Wege
Der Staub sich hebt;
In tiefer Nacht, wenn auf dem schmalen [Stege]3
Der Wandrer bebt.4

Ich höre dich, wenn dort mit dumpfem Rauschen
Die Welle steigt.
Im [stillen]5 [Haine]6 geh' ich oft [zu]7 lauschen,
Wenn alles schweigt.

Ich bin bei dir, du seyst auch noch so ferne,
Du bist mir nah!
Die Sonne sinkt, [bald]8 leuchten mir die Sterne.
O wärst du da!

L. Beethoven sets stanza 1

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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, page 65, and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1796, herausgegeben von Schiller. Neustrelitz, bei dem Hofbuchhändler Michaelis, page 5.

1 Beethoven: "Von Meeren"
2 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "Schimmer"
3 Schubert: "Wege"
4 Backer-Grøndahl inserts "Ich sehe dich."
5 Lang: "dunklen"
6 Schubert: "Hain, da"
7 Lang: "um zu"
8 Schubert (Neue Gesamtausgabe): "es"

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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Nabijheid van de beminde", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "Nearness to the Beloved", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , appears in The Poems of Goethe, first published 1853
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Proximité du bien-aimé", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Presenza della persona amata", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • POR Portuguese (Português) (Margarida Moreno) , "Penso em ti", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-04-30 08:50:11
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Word count: 93

I think of you when the sunlight...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I think of you when the sunlight shimmers,
beaming from the sea1;
I think of you when the moon's gleam
paints the streams.

I see you when, on distant roads,
the dust rises up;
in deep night, when on the narrow bridge
a traveler quivers.

I hear you when there, with a muffled roar,
the waves rise.
In the still grove I go often to listen,
when everything is silent.

I am with you, even if you are so far away.
You are near me!
The sun sinks, and soon the stars will shine for me.
O, if only you were here!

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Translation of title "Nähe des Geliebten" = "Near the beloved"

1 in Beethoven's version, "seas"

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

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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