by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Hab' oft im Kreise der Lieben
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Hab' oft im Kreise der Lieben
  [In duftigem]1 Grase geruht,
Und mir ein [Liedlein]2 gesungen,
  Und alles war hübsch und gut.

Hab' einsam auch mich gehärmet
  [In bangem, düsterem Muth,]3
[Und habe wieder gesungen,
  Und alles war wieder gut.]4

Und manches, was ich erfahren,
  Verkocht' ich in stiller Wuth,
[Und]5 kam ich wieder zu singen,
  War alles auch wieder gut.

[Sollst nicht uns]6 lange klagen,
  Was alles dir wehe thut,
Nur frisch, nur frisch gesungen!
  Und alles wird wieder gut.

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Confirmed with Adelbert von Chamisso Frauen-Liebe und –Leben und andere ausgewählte Gedichte, Berlin: Globus Verlag, [no year], page 88.

1 Bruch, Le Beau: "Im duftigen"
2 Bruch: "Liedchen"
3 Bruch: "Und hatte nicht Sinn und Muth"; Le Beau: "In bangen, düsterem Muth"
4 Bruch: "Doch kam ich wieder zu singen/War Alles auch wieder gut."
5 Bruch: "Doch"
6 Bruch: "Drum sollst nicht"


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Vigorously sung", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Word count: 80

Vigorously sung
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I have often in the circle of my dear ones
Rested in the scented grass,
And sang a song to myself,
And everything was lovely and good.

I have grieved in solitary sorrow,
With anxious, sombre spirit,
And then I sang again,
And everything was once more in order.

And much that I have experienced,
I brooded upon in silent wrath,
And when I returned to singing
Everything was once more in order.

You shall not lament to us at length
About everything that hurts you,
Only sing -- sing boldly!
And everything will once more be in order.


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This text was added to the website: 2011-01-24
Line count: 16
Word count: 98