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Die bange Scheidestunde naht

Language: German (Deutsch)

  Die bange Scheidestunde naht
Mit allen ihren Qualen;
Der Mond beleuchtet ihren Pfad
Mit blassen Todestralen.
  Wo nehm' ich Muth, zu scheiden, her,
Daß nicht das Herz mir breche?
Schau du, o Gott, vom Himmel her,
Und blick auf meine Schwäche!
  Leb wohl, du Theurer! Ach ich kann
Dir keinen Segen geben.
Geh! Leb als Christ, und duld' als Mann,
Und blick ins beßre Leben!
  Vielleicht, daß dir nach langer Nacht
Noch hier ein Morgen glänzet;
Vielleicht, daß Liebe noch dir lacht,
Und dich mit Freuden kränzet.
  Jetzt scheiden unter Seufzern wir,
Und treuen Herzenszähren;
Jetzt muß ich ohne Trost von dir,
Allein, zurücke kehren.
  Doch kurze Zeit, so werd ich dich,
Geliebter neu umfangen;
O möchtest du getröstet mich
Und froher dann empfangen!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Johann Martin Miller, Siegwart. Eine Klostergeschichte, Faksimiledruck nach der Ausgabe von 1776, mit einem Nachwort von Alain Faure, Zweiter Band, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1971, pages 478-479

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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The fearful hour of farewell nears

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

  The fearful hour of farewell nears
With all of its agonies;
The moon lights [the hour's] path
With pale rays of death.
  Whence do I take courage for parting
That my heart may not break?
Look down, oh God, from heaven
And gaze upon my weakness!
  Farewell, valued friend! Ah, I cannot
Give you any blessing.
Go! Live as a Christian and endure as a man,
And turn your eyes toward a better life!
  Perhaps after a long night
A morning still shines for you here;
Perhaps love shall still smile upon you
And wreathe you with joys.
  Now we part with sighs,
And faithful tears in our hearts;
Now, without comfort from you,
I must return alone.
  But after only a short time, Beloved,
I shall embrace you anew;
Oh may you then receive me,
Comforted and more joyful.

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Translated titles:
"An meinen Kronhelm, als Er mich verließ" = "To my Kronhelm, as he left me"
"Auf Kronhelms Abschied" = "Upon Kronhelm's farewell"


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