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Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz,
Da weint' ich Nacht und Tag;
Nun wein' ich wieder, weil mein Herz
Sein Glück nicht fassen mag.

Mir ist's, als trüg' ich in der Brust
Das ganze Himmelreich!
O höchstes Leid, o höchste Lust,
Wie seid ihr euch so gleich!

Translation(s): FRE

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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):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Autrefois abattu par le chagrin et la peine", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

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Autrefois abattu par le chagrin et la peine

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Autrefois abattu par le chagrin et la peine,
Je pleurais nuit et jour ;
Aujourd'hui je pleure à nouveau car mon cœur
Ne peut contenir mon bonheur.

C'est comme si je portais en mon sein
Le royaume des cieux tout entier !
Ô douleur extrême, ô joie extrême,
Comme vous êtes semblables !

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Emanuel von Geibel (1815 - 1884), "Wohl lag' ich einst in Gram und Schmerz", appears in Jugendgedichte, in 1. Erstes Buch, in Lieder als Intermezzo, no. 20
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): A. von Biegeleben, Wilhelm Bruch, Rich. Eckhold, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Robert von Hornstein, Fritz Kauffmann, Heinrich August Marschner, Carl Pohlig, Heinrich Schnell, Bertha Frensel Wegener-Koopman. Go to the text.


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