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Language: German (Deutsch)

Die Thränen, die ich um Dich geweint,
Sie mögen empor zum Himmel steigen,
Und wieder, zu einer Wolke vereint,
Herab zu Dir als Thau sich neigen,
Und jeder Tropfen treffe Dein Herz
So glühend, wie mein heißer Schmerz, --
Und jeder Tropfen erquicke Dich doch
Und sage Dir: er liebt Dich noch!
Die Seufzer, die ich um Dich geklagt,
Sie mögen ob Dir als Donner rollen,
Sie mögen, weil es mir selbst versagt,
An Deinem nächtlichen Lager grollen,
Und es erwecke Dich jeder Schlag,
Daß schlaflos Dich finde der junge Tag,
Und jeder Schlag erhebe Dich doch
Und sage Dir: er liebt Dich noch!
Ein jeder Fluch, den ich Dir geflucht,
Er möge als Blitzstrahl herniederfahren,
Und, wie das Verhängniß den Schuldigen sucht,
Soll nichts vor seiner Gluth Dich bewahren,
Und jedes Strahles zündender Schein
Versenge die Brust Dir mit Höllenpein,--
Und jeder Strahl erleuchte Dich doch
Und sage Dir: er liebt Dich noch!

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gedichte von Albert Traeger, Leipzig: Ernst Keil, 1858, pages 55-56

Submitted by 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: "Love’s revenge", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-11-08.
Last modified: 2016-11-08 13:43:02
Line count: 24
Word count: 153

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Love’s revenge

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

The tears that I wept for your sake,
May they rise up to heaven
And again, united into a cloud,
Fall down upon you as dew,
And may every drop strike your heart
As fiercely as my ardent pain,
And may every drop nevertheless refresh you
And tell you: he still loves you!
The sighs with which I lamented over you,
May they roll above you like thunder;
Since I am not permitted to do so, may they
Grumble beside your nightly resting-place,
And may every throb awaken you,
So that the young day finds you sleepless,
And may every throb nevertheless exalt you
And tell you: he still loves you!
And every curse with which I cursed you,
May it come down like bolt of lightning,
And, just as fate searches out the guilty,
Nothing shall save you from its blaze,
And may the igniting radiance of every beam
Scorch your bosom with hellish agony,--
And may every beam nevertheless illumine you
And tell you: he still loves you!

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Albert Träger (1830 - 1912), "Liebesrache"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Heinrich Evers, Ferdinand Gumbert. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2016-11-08.
Last modified: 2016-11-08 13:43:27
Line count: 24
Word count: 170