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

Dies zu deuten bin erbötig!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE ITA
Hatem
 Dies zu deuten bin erbötig!
 Hab ich dir nicht oft erzählt,
 Wie der Doge von Venedig
 Mit dem Meere sich vermählt?

 So von deinen Fingergliedern 
 Fiel der Ring dem Euphrat zu.
 Ach, zu tausend [Himmelsliedern]1,
 Süßer Traum, begeisterst du!

 Mich, der von des Indostanen
 Streifte bis Damaskus hin, 
 Um mit neuen Karawanen
 Bis ans rote Meer zu ziehn,

 Mich vermählst du deinem Fluße,
 Der Terrasse diesem Hain:
 Hier soll bis zum letzten Kuße
 Dir mein Geist gewidmet sein.

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1 Wolf: "Blumelsliedern"

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Estic disposat a explicar-t’ho", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I am willing to interpret this", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sono pronto a spiegarlo", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 17
Word count: 79

I am willing to interpret this
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Hatem:
 I am willing to interpret this!
 Have I not often recounted the story
 of how the Doge of Venice
 married the sea?
 
 It was this way that your fingers
 let the ring fall into the Euphrates.
 Ah, to a thousand flowery songs
 you inspire me, sweet dream!
 
 I, who have been everywhere from the Indies
 to Damascus,
 and come with new caravans
 all the way to the Red Sea:
 
 You have married me to your river,
 to the terrace of this grove;
 here I shall, until the last kiss,
 dedicate my soul.

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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: 17
Word count: 94