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Ach wärst du mein, es wär' ein schönes...

Language: German (Deutsch)

[Ach]1 wärst du mein, es wär' ein schönes Leben!
So aber ists Entsagen nur und Trauern,
[Und]2 ein verlornes Grollen und Bedauern;
Ich kann es meinem Schicksal nicht vergeben.

Undank tut wohl und jedes Leid der Erde;
Ja! meine [Freund']3 in Särgen, Leich' an Leiche,
Sind ein gelinder Gram, wenn ichs vergleiche
Dem Schmerz, daß ich dich nie besitzen werde.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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1 Strauss: "O"
2 Strauss: "Nur"
3 Strauss: "Freud' "

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "To *", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "A *", copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-05-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:05
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Word count: 60

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To *

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

[Ah]1 if you were mine, it would be a finer life,
But instead it is only renunciation and grief,
[And]2 wasted lament and regret.
I cannot forgive my fate.

Ingratitude is good, and all the sorrow on earth;
Yes, my [friends]3 in coffins, corpse upon corpse -
All these are small griefs when I compare them to
The agony that I will never possess you.

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1 Strauss: "Ah"
2 Strauss: "only"
3 Strauss: "joys"


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