by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Lau Kanen

Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CHI DAN DUT ENG ENG ENG FRE HEB ITA NOR RUS
Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben,
  Es hat ein Traum mich berückt;
Wie hätt' er doch unter allen
  Mich Arme erhöht und beglückt?

Mir war's, er habe gesprochen:
  Ich bin auf ewig dein --
Mir war's -- ich träume noch immer,
  Es kann ja nimmer so sein.

O laß im Traume mich sterben,
  Gewieget an seiner Brust,
Den [seligsten]1 Tod mich schlürfen
  In Thränen unendlicher Lust.

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Adelbert von Chamisso, Neunzehnte Auflage (19th edition), Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1869, page 11.

Note: modernized spelling would change "Thränen" to "Tränen"
1 Austin, Wiseneder, and some editions of Schumann: "seligen"

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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):

  • CHI Chinese (中文) (Mei Foong Ang) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DAN Danish (Dansk) (Maryanna Morthensen) , "Jeg kan ikke fatte det, ikke tro det", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Daniel Platt) , "I can't grasp it, nor believe it", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Shula Keller) , "I cannot, I dare not believe it", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Kyle Gee) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je ne peux le comprendre ni le croire", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) (Tsippora Samberg) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Non posso capirlo, non posso crederlo", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NOR Norwegian (Bokmål) (Marianne Beate Kielland) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • RUS Russian (Русский) (Natalia Vyshynska) , "Не могу постигнуть, не могу поверить", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Last modified: 2015-01-08 12:38:46
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Ik kan 't niet vatten, niet denken
Language: Dutch (Nederlands)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ik kan 't niet vatten, niet denken,
Een droom heeft vast mij misleid:
Hoe heeft hij toch onder allen
Mij, arme, vereerd en verblijd?
 
Mij was 't als had hij gesproken:
"Ik ben voor eeuwig van1 jou",
Mij was 't  - ik droom vast ook nu nog,
O nee, vergeet het maar gauw.
 
O, laat mij dromend maar sterven,
Gekoesterd zacht aan zijn borst,
De zaligste dood inslurpen
In tranen van hemelse dorst.

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1 Eeuwig van: Bij Schumann te zingen op drie achtste noten

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Text added to the website: 2010-06-17 00:00:00
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