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Freuden wollt' ich dir bereiten

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Freuden wollt' ich dir bereiten,
Zwischen Kämpfen, Lust und Schmerz
Wollt' ich treulich dich geleiten
Durch das Leben himmelwärts.

  Doch du hast's allein gefunden
Wo kein Vater führen kann,
Durch die ernste, dunkle Stunde
Gingst du schuldlos mir voran.

  Wie das Säuseln leiser Schwingen
Draußen über Thal und Kluft
Ging zur selben Stund' ein Singen
Ferne durch die stille Luft.

  Und so fröhlich glänzt der Morgen,
's war als ob das Singen sprach:
Jetzo lasset alle Sorgen,
Liebt ihr mich, so folgt mir nach!

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Joseph Freiherrn von Eichendorff's Werke. Erster Theil. Gedichte. Berlin: M. Simion, 1841, page 321.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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) , no title, copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-07-08.
Last modified: 2014-12-14 22:43:53
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Je voulais te ménager de la joie

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

  Je voulais te ménager de la joie
Au milieu des luttes, du plaisir et de la souffrance,
Je voulais loyalement t'accompagner
Dans la vie sur le chemin du ciel.

  Mais tu l'as trouvé toute seule,
La où aucun père ne peut aller,
À l'heure grave et sombre
Tu passas innocente devant moi.

  Comme le doux frémissement d'ailes
Dehors, au-dessus des vallées et des abîmes,
A la même heure un chant passa 
Au loin dans l'air immobile.

  Et alors le matin s'illumina gaiement,
C'était comme si ce chant disait :
Oubliez maintenant tout souci,
Si vous m'aimez, suivez-moi !

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  • Translation from German (Deutsch) to French (Français) copyright © 2014 by Pierre Mathé, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you may ask the copyright-holder(s) directly or ask us; we are authorized to grant permission on their behalf. Please provide the translator's name when contacting us.


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Text added to the website: 2014-12-14.
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