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Des Kriegers Sterbelied

Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Kugel traf; mich ruft der Tod,
Und Alles bleibt zurück!
Wohl endet nun des Lebens Noth,
Doch auch des Lebens Glück!
Und wen auf Erden Liebes hält,
Der bleibt so gerne hier. --
Leb wohl, leb wohl, du schöne Welt,
Ich scheide schwer von dir!

Freund! wenn Du heimkehrst, grüß mein Lieb,
Wisch ihre Thränen ab,
Sag', daß ich treu der Liebe blieb,
Treu bis in Tod und Grab --
Sag', wo ich ihre Locke trug,
Traf mich das kalte Blei;
Der Schuß, der in die Locke schlug,
Brach mir das Herz entzwei.

Die Wunde brennt, das Auge bricht,
Schon dunkelt's um mich her.
Leb wohl, du schönes Sonnenlicht,
Dich seh' ich nimmermehr!
So frisch eilt ich hinaus in's Feld,
Nun lieg' ich sterbend hier --
Leb wohl, leb wohl, du schöne Welt,
Ich scheide schwer von dir! 

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)

Text added to the website: 2015-07-16 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-07-16 00:06:38

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