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Wenn alle untreu werden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn alle untreu werden,
So bleib' ich dir [doch]1 treu;
Daß Dankbarkeit auf Erden
Nicht ausgestorben sey.
Für mich umfing dich Leiden,
Vergingst für mich in Schmerz;
Drum geb' ich dir mit Freuden
Auf ewig dieses Herz.

Oft muß ich bitter weinen,
Daß du gestorben bist,
Und mancher von den Deinen
Dich lebenslang vergißt.
Von Liebe nur durchdrungen
Hast du so viel gethan,
Und doch bist du verklungen,
Und keiner denkt daran.

Du stehst voll treuer Liebe
Noch immer jedem bey;
Und wenn dir keiner bliebe,
So bleibst du dennoch treu;
Die treuste Liebe sieget,
Am Ende fühlt man sie,
Weint bitterlich und schmieget
Sich kindlich an dein Knie. 

Ich habe dich empfunden,
O! lasse nicht von mir;
Laß innig mich verbunden
Auf ewig seyn mit dir.
Einst schauen meine Brüder
Auch wieder himmelwärts,
Und sinken liebend nieder,
Und fallen dir ans Herz.


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Confirmed with Novalis Schriften. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Schlegel und Ludwig Tieck. Zweiter Theil. Berlin, 1802- In der Buchhandlung der Realschule, pages 136-137; with Novalis Schriften. Herausgegeben von Ludwig Tieck und Fr. Schlegel. Dritte Auflage. Zweiter Theil. Berlin, 1815. In der Realschulbuchhandlung, pages 28-29; and with Novalis Schriften. Kritische Neuausgabe auf Grund des handschriftlichen Nachlasses von Ernst Heilborn. Erster Theil. 1901. Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer Berlin, page 334.

First published in Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von A. W. Schlegel und L. Tieck. Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1802, pages 200-202.

1 Schubert: "noch"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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Spiritual Songs, number 6

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My faith to thee I break not,                               
If all should faithless be,                                     
That gratitude forsake not                                  
The world eternally.                                             
For my sake Death did sting thee                       
With anguish keen and sore;                               
Therefore with joy I bring thee                           
This heart for evermore.                                     

Oft weep I like a river                                         
That thou art dead, and yet                               
So many of thine thee, Giver                             
Of life, life-long forget!                                      
By love alone possessed,                                   
Such great things thou hast done!                    
But thou art dead, O Blessed,                            
And no one thinks thereon! 
Thou stand'st with love unshaken
Ever by every man;
And if by all forsaken,
Art still the faithful one.
Such love must win the wrestle;
At last thy love they'll see,
Weep bitterly, and nestle
Like children to thy knee.
Thou with thy love hast found me!
O do not let me go!
Keep me where thou hast bound me
Till one with thee I grow.
My brothers yet will waken,
One look to heaven will dart  --
Then sink down, love-o'ertaken,
And fall upon thy heart.

Confirmed with George MacDonald, Rampolli: Growths from a Long Planted Root. Being Translations, New and Old, Chiefly from the German, Longmans, Green & Co., London, 1897.

Submitted by Melanie Trumbull


Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772 - 1801), as Novalis, no title, written 1799-1800, appears in Geistliche Lieder, no. 6, first published 1802 AFR CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Baumgartner, Felix Draeseke, Hermann Goetz, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Joseph Rheinberger, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.

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