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Lenau-Lieder

Word count: 182

Song Cycle by Franz Philipp (1890 - 1972)

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1. Schwerer Abend [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De drukkende avond", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The oppressive evening", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Pénible soirée", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Die [dunklen]1 Wolken hingen
Herab so bang und schwer,
Wir beide traurig gingen
Im Garten hin und her.

So heiß und stumm, so trübe
Und sternlos war die Nacht,
So ganz wie unsre Liebe
Zu Tränen nur gemacht.

Und als ich mußte scheiden
Und gute Nacht dir bot,
Wünscht' ich bekümmert beiden
Im Herzen uns den Tod.


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1 Rübner: "dunkeln" (according to Hofmeister); further changes may exist not shown above.

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2. Welke Rose [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


In einem Buche blätternd, fand 
Ich eine Rose, welk, zerdrückt,
Und weiß auch nicht mehr, wessen Hand
Sie einst für mich gepflücket.

Ach, mehr und mehr im Abendhauch
Verweht Erinnerung; bald zerstiebt
Mein Erdenlos, dann weiß ich auch
Nicht mehr, wer mich geliebt.


Confirmed with Nicolaus Lenau, Sämmliche Gedichte, herausgegeben von Anastasius Grün, zweiter Band, Stuttgart und Augsburg, J. G. Cotta Verlag, 1855, page 257.


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3. Stumme Liebe [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Mute love", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Amour muet", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ließe doch ein hold Geschick
Mich in deinen Zaubernähen,
Mich in deinem Wonneblick
Still verglühen und vergehen;

Wie das fromme Lampenlicht
Sterbend glüht in stummer Wonne
Vor dem schönen Angesicht
Dieser himmlischen Madonne! -


Confirmed with Neuere Gedichte von Nicolaus Lenau, Stuttgart, Hallberger'sche Verlagshandlung, 1838, page 36.

Confirmed with: Gedichte von Nicolaus Lenau, Suttgart: Verlag der J.G. Cotta’schen Buchhandlung, 1869, page 25.


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4. Kommen und Scheiden [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE ITA SPA

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Komen en weggaan", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Arrival and Parting", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Venir et se séparer", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Incontro e separazione", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Elisa Rapado) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


So oft sie kam, erschien mir die Gestalt
So lieblich wie das erste Grün im Wald.

Und was sie sprach, drang mir zum Herzen ein
Süß wie des Frühlings erstes Lied [im Hain]1.

Und als Lebwohl sie winkte mit der Hand,
War's, ob der letzte Jugendtraum mir schwand.


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1 omitted by Schumann.

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