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Drei Lieder für Mezzo-Sopran mit Pianoforte

Word count: 163

Song Cycle by A. M. Caspary

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

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Veilchen, [unter]1 Gras versteckt
Wie mit Hoffnung zugedeckt,
Veilchen, freue Dich mit mir,
Sonne kommt ja auch zu Dir.

Sonne scheint mit Liebesschein
Tief Dir in Dein Herz hinein,
Trocknet Deine Tränen Dir --
Veilchen, freue Dich mit mir!


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1 in Dresel's first setting: "unter dem", but "dem" disappears in the later setting; Caspary: "unter'm" (and further changes for Caspary may exist not shown above.)

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2. Vor den Thüren [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Before various doors", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Devant les portes", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Ich habe geklopft an des Reichtums Haus;
Man reicht mir 'nen Pfennig zum Fenster heraus.
Ich habe geklopft an der Liebe Thür;
Da standen schon fünfzehn Andre dafür.
Ich klopfte leis' an der Ehre Schloß;
"Hier thut man nur auf dem Ritter zu Roß."
Ich habe gesucht der Arbeit Dach;
Da hört' ich drinnen nur Weh und Ach!
Ich suchte das Haus der Zufriedenheit;
Es kannt' es niemand weit und breit.
Nun weiß ich noch ein Häuslein still,
Wo ich zuletzt anklopfen will.
Zwar wohnt darin schon macher Gast,
Doch ist für Viele im Grab noch Rast.


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3. Wonne der Wehmuth [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Language: German (Deutsch)

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE FRE IRI ITA

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "Goig de la melangia", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Geluk in weemoed", copyright © 2005, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , no title, copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Joie de la mélancolie", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Voluttà della malinconia", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Trocknet nicht, trocknet nicht,
Thränen der ewigen Liebe!
Ach! nur dem halbgetrockneten Auge
[Wie öde, wie todt die Welt ihm erscheint!]1
Trocknet nicht, trocknet nicht,
[Thränen unglücklicher Liebe!]2


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Confirmed with Goethe's Werke, Vollständige Ausgabe letzter Hand, Erster Band, Stuttgart und Tübingen, in der J.G.Cottaschen Buchhandlung, 1827, page 108; and with Goethe's Schriften, Achter Band, Leipzig, bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1789, page 151.

1 Randhartinger: "Wie öde, wie tief die Welt ihm erscheint! / Wie öde, wie tot die Welt ihm erscheint!" (note the use of "tief" in the first repetition of this line)
2 Randhartinger : "Tränen der ewigen Liebe!" (the second line is used instead of the last)

Submitted by Richard Morris and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]

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