by Karl Joseph Simrock (1802 - 1876) and sometimes misattributed to Ludwig Wilhelm Friedrich Seeger (1810 - 1864)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE
Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulieb
Vor [den]1 Andern nun?
An dem Muschelhut und Stab
Und den Sandalschuh'n?

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Confirmed with Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark, übersetzt von Karl Simrock, in: William Shakspear’s[sic] sämmtliche dramatische Werke in neuen Uebersetzungen, Leipzig: Georg Wigand’s Verlag, [no year], page 686

Note: according to The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, ed. by Charles Youmans, Seeger is listed as the translator of Hamlet, but Seeger's translations are quite different. Simrock and Seeger are listed together as the translators for the ten-volume set.

1 omitted by Strauss


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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , no title, copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Comment puis reconnaître mon vrai amour
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Comment puis reconnaître mon vrai amour
D'un autre maintenant ?
À son chapeau de coquillages et à son bâton
Et à ses sandales.

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This translation was modified 2012-07-23. The translator wishes to thank Anna Richter of the Pan Foundation of Music for her remarks and suggestions.

Translation of title "Erstes Lied der Ophelia" = "Premier chant d'Ophélie"


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