by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

An die Thüren will ich schleichen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
An die Thüren will ich schleichen,
[Still]1 und sittsam will ich stehn;
[Fromme]2 Hand wird Nahrung reichen;
Und ich werde weiter gehn.
Jeder wird sich glücklich scheinen,
Wenn mein Bild vor ihm erscheint;
Eine Thräne wird er weinen,
Und ich weiß nicht was er weint.

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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, page 121; and with Goethe's Werke. Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand. Neunzehnter Band. Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung. 1828, page 227.

First published in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre. Ein Roman. Herausgegeben von Goethe. Dritter Band. Berlin. Bei Johann Friedrich Unger. 1795, page 146. The poem appears in Book 5, Chapter 14 of Goethe's novel.

1 Schubert (first version): "Fromm"
2 Goethe (1795 edition): "Frommer"

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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:

  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA ; composed by Modest Petrovich Musorgsky.

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) , "Naar de deuren zal ik sluipen", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "I will creep from door to door", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Je vais me glisser de porte en porte", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Alle porte voglio avvicinarmi", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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