by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Hoffnung
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE ITA
Schaff', das Tagwerk meiner Hände,
Hohes Glück, daß ich's vollende!
Laß, o laß mich nicht ermatten!
Nein, es sind nicht leere Träume:
Jetzt nur Stangen, diese Bäume
Geben einst noch Frucht und Schatten.

Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 113; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, page 160.


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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Esperança", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hoop", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "Hope", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Espoir", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Speranza", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
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Espoir
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Fais que le travail de ce jour, de mes mains,
Ô Fortune, je puisse l'achever !
Fais que je ne sois pas épuisé !
Non, ce ne sont pas des rêves vains :
Bien que maintenant ce ne soient que des bâtons, ces arbres
Donneront un jour des fruits et de l'ombre.

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Text added to the website: 2012-10-02 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:04
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Word count: 52