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Der Spiegel sagt mir: ich bin schön! Ihr sagt: zu altern sei auch mein Geschick. Vor Gott muß alles ewig stehn, In mir liebt ihn für diesen Augenblick.
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- by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Suleika", written 1818, appears in West-östlicher Divan, in 4. Buch der Betrachtungen -- Tefkir Nameh [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Luigi Dallapiccola (1904 - 1975), "Der Spiegel sagt mir: ich bin schön!", 1953 [voice and 3 clarinets], from Goethe-Lieder, no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
- by Arnold Mendelssohn (1855 - 1933), "Suleika spricht" [text not verified]
- by Wilhelm Petersen (1890 - 1957), "Suleika spricht", op. 40 (Goethe-Lieder) no. 8, published 1941. [text verified 1 time]
- by (Olav) Fartein Valen (1887 - 1952), "Suleika", op. 6 no. 3 (1925-7), from Gedichte von Goethe, no. 3. [text not verified]
- by Anton von Webern (1883 - 1945), "Suleika spricht", 1930, fragment [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "The mirror tells me that I am fair", copyright ©
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Suleika", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Souleika", copyright © 2011, (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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Le miroir me dit : je suis belle ! Vous dites : mon destin est aussi de vieillir. Devant Dieu tout doit se tenir éternellement, En moi aimez-le pour cet instant.
- Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2011 by Guy Laffaille, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.
- a text in German (Deutsch) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), "Suleika", written 1818, appears in West-östlicher Divan, in 4. Buch der Betrachtungen -- Tefkir Nameh
This text was added to the website: 2011-01-11
Line count: 4
Word count: 31