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

Trocknet nicht, trocknet nicht
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE IRI ITA
Trocknet nicht, trocknet nicht,
Thränen der ewigen Liebe!
Ach! nur dem halbgetrockneten Auge
[Wie öde, wie todt die Welt ihm erscheint]1!
Trocknet nicht, trocknet nicht,
[Thränen unglücklicher Liebe!]2

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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 108; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, page 151.

1 Howe: "Wie öde, wie todt die Welt ihm erscheinet" ; Randhartinger: "Wie öde, wie tief die Welt ihm erscheint! / Wie öde, wie tot die Welt ihm erscheint" (note the use of "tief" in the first repetition of this line)
2 Randhartinger : "Tränen der ewigen Liebe!" (the second line is used instead of the last)

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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:

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Goig de la melangia", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Geluk in weemoed", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Joie de la mélancolie", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Voluttà della malinconia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2019-04-06 14:32:32
Line count: 6
Word count: 28

Do not run dry, do not run dry
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Do not run dry, do not run dry,
Tears of eternal love!
Even to the half-dry eye
How desolate and dead the world appears!
Do not run dry, do not run dry,
Tears of unhappy love!

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "Wonne der Wehmut" = "The joy of sadness"

Authorship

  • 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: 2016-06-07 07:53:34
Line count: 6
Word count: 36