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Hast du nicht Liebe zugemessen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Hast du nicht Liebe zugemessen
Dem Leben jeder Kreatur?
Warum bin ich allein vergessen,
Auch meine Mutter du! du Natur?

Wo lebte wohl in Forst und Hürde,
Und wo in Luft und Meer, ein Tier,
Das nimmermehr geliebet würde? --
Geliebt wird alles außer mir!

Wenn gleich [in Hain und Wiesenmatten]1
Sich Baum und Staude, Moos und Kraut
Durch Lieb' und Gegenliebe gatten;
Vermählt sich mir doch keine Braut.

Mir wächst vom süßesten der Triebe
Nie Honigfrucht zur Lust heran.
Denn ach! mir mangelt Gegenliebe,
[Die Eine nur]2 gewähren kann.

Translation(s): DUT ENG FRE

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1 Beethoven: "im Hain, auf Flur und Matten"; Agthe: "im Hain und Wiesenmatten"
2 Beethoven: "Die Eine, nur Eine"

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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):

  • ENG English (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title 1: "Zuchten van een onbeminde", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Soupir d'un mal aimé", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:23
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Soupir d'un mal aimé

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

N'as-tu pas attribué l'amour
À la vie de chaque créature ?
Pourquoi suis-je le seul à être oublié
Ainsi par ma mère, toi, Nature ?

Où vit dans la forêt et la haie,
Dans l'air et la mer, une bête
Qui jamais n'a été aimée ?
Tous sont aimés sauf moi !

Que ce soit dans les bosquets et les prairies
Arbre et buisson, mousse et herbe
Chacun est marié dans l'amour réciproque ;
Pourtant aucune fiancée n'est mariée avec moi.

Le plus doux de mes désirs ne fait pousser
Jamais pour moi un doux fruit pour mon plaisir.
Alors hélas ! l'amour me manque,
Le seul qu'on peut donner.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Gottfried August Bürger (1747 - 1794), "Seufzer eines Ungeliebten", appears in Lyrische Gedichte, first published 1789 DUT ENG
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Carl Christian Agthe, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wilhelm Ferdinand Halter, Johann Abraham Peter Schulz. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-01-09.
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