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Sahst du ein Glück vorübergehn

Language: German (Deutsch)

Sahst du ein Glück [vorübergehn]1,
Das nie sich wiederfindet,
Ist's gut in einem Strom zu sehn,
Wo Alles wogt und schwindet.

O, starre nur hinein, hinein,
Du wirst es leichter missen,
Was dir, und soll's dein Liebstes seyn,
Vom Herzen ward gerissen.

Blick' unverwandt hinab zum Fluß,
Bis deine Tränen fallen,
Und sieh durch ihren warmen Guß
Die Flut hinunterwallen.

Hinträumend wird Vergessenheit
Des Herzens Wunde schließen;
Die Seele sieht mit ihrem Leid
Sich selbst vorüberfließen.

Translation(s): FRE RUS SWE

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Confirmed with Nicolaus Lenau, Sämmliche Gedichte, herausgegeben von Anastasius Grün, vierter Band, Stuttgart und Augsburg, J. G. Cotta Verlag, 1855, page 355.

1 Flügel: "vorüberziehn"; further changes may exist not shown above.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Si tu as vu passer un bonheur

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

Si tu as vu passer un bonheur
Qui jamais ne se retrouve,
Il est bon de regarder un fleuve
Où tout roule et disparaît.

Ô, regarde dedans, dedans,
Tu te passeras plus facilement
De ce que tu avais de plus cher,
Et qui te fut arraché du cœur.

Regarde le fleuve sans détourner les yeux,
Jusqu'à ce que tombent tes larmes
Et à travers leur chaude effusion, vois
Le flot descendre en bouillonnant.

L'oubli, qui avance en rêvant,
Fermera les blessures du cœur ;
L'âme elle-même avec sa douleur
Se voit passer au fil de l'eau.

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Translation of title "Blick in den Strom" = "Regard sur le fleuve"


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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Nikolaus Lenau (1802 - 1850), "Blick in den Strom", appears in Gedichte, in 6. Sechstes Buch, in Letzte Gedichte, first published 1844 RUS SWE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Ella Adaïewsky, Carl Banck, Wilhelm Reinhard Berger, Ernst Paul Flügel, Robert Freund, Adalbert von Goldschmidt, Josef Hofmann, Paul Pfitzner, Richard Pohl, Othmar Schoeck, Bernhard Ernst Scholz, Felix Paul Weingartner, Alexander Winterberger. Go to the text.


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