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Language: German (Deutsch)

Laß, Kind, laß meinen Weg mich ziehen,
   Es wird schon spät, es wird schon kalt;
Es neiget sich der Tag zu Ende,
   Und erst dort unten mach' ich Halt. 

Wozu mir deine Lieder singen?
   Sie treffen mich mit fremdem Klang. --
Wie war das Wort? war's Liebe? Liebe!
   Vergessen hatt' ich es schon lang'. 

Und doch, gedenk' ich ferner Zeiten,
   Mich dünkt, es war ein süßes Wort.
Jetzt aber zieh' ich meiner Straße,
   Ein jeder kommt an seinen Ort. 

Hier windet sich mein Pfad nach unten,
   Die müden Schritte schwanken sehr;
Mein frühes Feuer ist erloschen,
   Das fühl' ich alle Stunden mehr.

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: "Soir", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2011-02-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:38

Line count: 16
Word count: 101

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

Laisse-moi, enfant, laisse-moi poursuivre mon chemin ;
  Il est déjà tard, il fait déjà froid :
Le jour touche à sa fin,
  Et je m'arrêterai seulement en bas.

Pourquoi me chanter tes chants ?
  Ils me touchent, avec leurs accents étrangers.
Quel était ce mot, était-ce amour ! Amour !
  Je l'ai oublié depuis longtemps déjà.

Et pourtant, je pense aux jours lointains
  Il me semble que c'était un mot doux.
Mais maintenant je poursuis ma route,
  Chacun arrive à sa destination.

Ici le chemin tourne vers le bas,
  Mes pieds fatigués me font chanceler ;
Ma fougue d'autrefois est éteinte,
  À chaque instant je le sens davantage.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 - 1838), "Abend"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): M. van Leeuwen , F. Nohr, Sigismund Thalberg, Moritz Weyermann. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2015-09-08 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2015-09-08 22:43:39

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Word count: 108