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Language: German (Deutsch)

Mit Liedern
 Was zu glücklich, um zu leben,
 Was zu scheu, um Klang zu geben,
 Was zu lieblich zum Entstehen,
 Was geboren zum Vergehen,
 Was die Monde nimmer bieten,
 Rosen aus verwelkten Blüten,
 Tränen dann aus jungem Leide
 Und ein Klang verlorner Freude.

 Du weißt es, alle, die da sterben
 Und die für immer scheiden gehn,
 Die müssen, wär's auch zum Verderben,
 Die Wahrheit ohne Hehl gestehn.

 So leg ich's denn in deine Hände,
 Was immer mir das Herz bewegt;
 Es ist die letzte Blumenspende,
 Auf ein geliebtes Grab gelegt.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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M. Bauer sets stanzas 2-3

Confirmed with Storms Werke, herausgegeben von Theodor Hertel, ertes Band, Mehers Klassiker-Ausgaben, Bibliographisches Institut, Leipzig und Wien, 1918, page 40.

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 (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Farewell", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Adieux", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2013-06-27.
Last modified: 2016-02-10 18:39:47
Line count: 19
Word count: 92

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

With songs
 What is too happy to live,
 What is too timid to give forth sound,
 What is too lovely to have come into existence
 What was born to pass away,

 What the moons never offer,
 Roses from withered blossoms,
 Tears then from young grief
 And a sound of lost joy.

 You know it, all who die
 And who go away from us forever,
 They must, even if it were to their doom,
 Acknowledge the truth without concealment.

 Thus I place it it in your hands,
 Everything that moves my heart;
 It is the last gift of flowers
 Laid upon a beloved grave.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Theodor Storm (1817 - 1888), "Abschied" FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Moritz Bauer. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2013-12-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:25
Line count: 19
Word count: 105