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

Am Flusse
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Verfließet, vielgeliebte Lieder,
Zum Meere der Vergessenheit!
Kein [Knabe]1 sing' entzückt euch wieder,
Kein [Mädchen]2 in der Blütenzeit.

Ihr sanget nur [von]3 meiner Lieben;
Nun spricht sie meiner Treue Hohn.
Ihr wart ins Wasser eingeschrieben;
So fließt denn auch mit ihm davon.

G. Gerson 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 68, and with Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1799, herausgegeben von Schiller. Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaischen Buchhandlung, page 231.

First published 1799 in Schiller's Musen-Almanach with the title "An meine Lieder" and with "Justus Amman" as the author's name.

1 Goethe's first edition: "Mädchen"
2 Goethe's first edition: "Jüngling"
3 Goethe's first edition: "zu"

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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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Al riu", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Bij de rivier", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "By the river", copyright ©
  • ENG English (Edgar Alfred Bowring) , "By the river", first published 1853
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Au bord du fleuve", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Sul fiume", copyright © 2009, (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: 8
Word count: 42

By the river
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Flow away, well-loved songs,
To the ocean of forgetfulness!
No lad will delightedly sing you again,
Nor any maiden in the time of blossoms.

You sang only of my love;
Now she speaks scornfully of my faith.
You were written in water;
So flow then with water away.

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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: 8
Word count: 48