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Der Liebe Leiden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Was zu allem Thun
Mir die Lust verleidet,
Was voll Unmuth mich
Hin und wieder treibet,
Ach, ich weiß es nicht!
Was in Nächten mir
Allen Schlummer scheuchet,
Was die Röthe mir
Von den Wangen bleichet,
Ach, ich weiß es nicht!
Ob es anders wär',
Könnt ich sie noch sehen,
Ob es anders wär',
Könnt' ich bei ihr stehen,
Ach, ich weiß es nicht!
Ob die Ruhe je
Sich im Busen mehret,
Und die Röthe mir
Zu den Wangen kehret,
Ach, ich weiß es nicht!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von J.P. Eckermannn, Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1838, pages 33-34

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and 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) , title 1: "The sufferings of love", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2005-11-04 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2016-09-12 16:19:51

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Word count: 85

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The sufferings of love

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

What blights my joy
In all activity,
What, full of ill temper,
Drives me hither and yon,
Ah, I know not!
What chases from me
All slumber in the nights,
What bleaches
The redness from my cheeks,
Ah, I know not!
Whether it would be different
If I could still see her,
Whether it would be different
If I could stand beside her,
Ah, I know not!
Whether peace shall ever
Increase within my bosom,
And whether the redness
Shall return to my cheek,
Ah, I know not!

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