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

Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE HEB ITA
Wie im Morgenglanze
Du rings mich anglühst,
Frühling, Geliebter!
Mit tausendfacher Liebeswonne
Sich an mein [Herz]1 drängt
Deiner ewigen [Wärme]2
Heilig Gefühl,
Unendliche Schöne!

Daß ich [diesen]3 fassen möcht'
In diesen Arm!

Ach an deinem Busen
Lieg' [ich, schmachte]4,
Und deine Blumen, dein Gras
Drängen sich an mein Herz.
Du kühlst den brennenden
Durst meines Busens,
Lieblicher Morgenwind!
Ruft drein die Nachtigall
Liebend nach mir [aus]5 dem Nebelthal.
Ich komm', ich komme!
[Wohin? Ach]6, wohin?

[Hinauf! Hinauf strebt's.]7
Es schweben die Wolken
Abwärts, die Wolken
Neigen sich der sehnenden Liebe.
Mir! Mir!
In [euerm]8 Schoße
Umfangend umfangen!
Aufwärts an deinen Busen,
Alliebender Vater!

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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Zweyter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1827, pages 82-83; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, pages 210-211.

1 Schubert: "Herze"
2 Stöhr: "Wonne" (typo?)
3 Goethe (1789 and 1806 editions), Schubert, Stöhr: "dich"
4 Schubert: "ich und schmachte"
5 Stöhr: "in"
6 Schubert: "Ach wohin"
7 Schubert: "Hinauf strebt's, hinauf!"
8 Schubert: "eurem"


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) , "Ganimedes", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Ganymedes", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Ganymede", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Ganymède", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "גנימדס", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Ganimede", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Richard Morris , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor] , Johann Winkler

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 31
Word count: 104

Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
How in the morning light
you glow around me,
beloved Spring!
With love's thousand-fold bliss,
to my heart presses
the eternal warmth
of sacred feelings
and endless beauty!

Would that I could clasp 
you in these arms!

Ah, at your breast
I lie and languish,
and your flowers and your grass
press themselves to my heart.
You cool the burning
thirst of my breast,
lovely morning wind!
The nightingale calls
lovingly to me from the misty vale.
I am coming, I am coming!
but whither? To where?

Upwards I strive, upwards!
The clouds float
downwards, the clouds
bow down to yearning love.
To me! To me!
In your lap
Embracing, embraced!
Upwards to your bosom,
All-loving Father!


  • 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: 31
Word count: 118