by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Allen Shearer

Ist's möglich, daß ich, Liebchen, dich...
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
Ist's möglich, daß ich, Liebchen, dich kose,
Vernehme der göttlichen Stimme Schall!
Unmöglich scheint immer die Rose,
Unbegreiflich die Nachtigall.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Allen Shearer) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Word count: 20

Is it possible that I caress you,...
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Is it possible that I caress you, beloved, 
Hearing heavenly voices?
The rose always seems impossible,
The nightingale inconceivable.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-10-26
Line count: 4
Word count: 19