by Robert Reinick (1805 - 1852)
Translation © by John Glenn Paton

Wohin mit der Freud'?
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG ENG FRE ITA
Ach du klarblauer Himmel, und wie schön bist du heut'!
Möcht' ans Herz gleich dich drücken [vor]1 Jubel und Freud'.
Aber 's geht doch nicht an, Denn du bist mir zu weit,
Und mit all' meiner Freud', was fang' ich doch an?

Ach du lichtgrüne Welt, und wie strahlst du [vor]1 Lust!
Und ich möcht' [mich gleich]2 werfen dir voll Lieb' an die Brust;
Aber 's geht doch nicht an, und das ist ja mein Leid,
Und mit all' meiner Freud', was fang' ich doch an?

Und da [seh']3 ich mein Lieb [unterm Lindenbaum stehn]4,
War so klar wie der Himmel, wie die Erde so schön!
Und wir küßten uns beid', und wir sangen [vor]1 Lust,
Und da hab' ich gewußt, wohin mit der Freud'!

View original text (without footnotes)
1 Wolf: "voll"
2 Wolf: "gleich mich"
3 Silcher, Wolf: "sah'"
4 Wolf: "Am Kastanienbaum stehn"

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

  • ENG English (John Glenn Paton) , "Where to go with my joy", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Della gioia, che farne?", copyright © 2009, (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: 2014-06-16 10:01:46
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Word count: 125

Where to go with my joy
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ah, you bright blue sky, how beautiful you are today!
I'd like to press you to my heart right away with jubilation and joy.
But that won't do, for you are too far away from me,
and what shall I do with all my joy?
 
Ah, you shining green world, how you beam with pleasure!
I'd like to throw myself right away, full of love, on your bosom.
But that won't do, and that is just my sorrow,
and what shall I do with all my joy?
 
Then I saw my love standing under the chestnut tree,
as bright as the sky, as beautiful as the earth.
And we kissed each other and sang for delight,
and then I knew where to go with my joy!

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Text added to the website: 2010-12-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:09
Line count: 12
Word count: 126