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

Zum Sehen geboren
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA
Zum [Sehen]1 geboren,
Zum Schauen bestellt,
Dem Turme geschworen
Gefällt mir die Welt.
Ich blick' in die Ferne,
Ich seh' in der Näh'
Den Mond und die Sterne,
Den Wald und das Reh.

So seh' ich in allen
Die ewige Zier,
Und wie mir's gefallen,
Gefall' ich auch mir.
Ihr glücklichen Augen,
Was je ihr gesehn,
Es sei, was es wolle,
Es war doch so schön!

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1 Lassen: "Schenken"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Voor turen geboren", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Born to watch", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Chant de Lyncée, le veilleur", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Amelia Maria Imbarrato) , "Linceo della torre", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2017-05-12 11:04:03
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Word count: 66

Born to watch
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 Born to watch,
 appointed to observe,
 sworn to this tower,
 I enjoy the world.
 I gaze into the distance;
 I see, as if they were near,
 the moon and the stars,
 the wood and the roebuck.
 
 I see in everything
 eternal beauty,
 and just as I enjoy it,
 I also enjoy my life.
 You happy eyes,
 whatever you see,
 no matter what it is,
 it is always fair to me!

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to English copyright © by Emily Ezust

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:30
Line count: 16
Word count: 71