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O könnt' nur einmal mein müdes Haupt

Language: German (Deutsch)

O könnt' [nur einmal]1 mein müdes Haupt
An deinen Busen sich schmiegen,
Wenn Vöglein singen und dicht belaubt
Der Eichen Wipfel sich wiegen.

Dann solltest du mir ein süßes Wort
Zum ewigen Abschied sagen,
Ich küßte dich weinend und wanderte fort
Und wollte nie mehr klagen.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Gustav Kastropp, König Elf’s Lieder. Eine lyrische Rhapsodie, Zweite Auflage, Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp., 1877, page 60

1 Weingärtner: "ich einmal nur", more changes may exist, not noted.

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-03-11.
Last modified: 2017-06-18 16:35:58
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Oh could my weary head just once

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Oh could [my weary head just once
Nestle]1 upon your breast,
When birds are singing and, thickly leaved,
The tops of the oaks sway.

Then you should utter a sweet word
To me in eternal farewell,
Weeping, I would kiss you and depart
And would never again lament.

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Translations of title(s):
"O, könnt' nur einmal mein müdes Haupt" = "Oh, could my weary head just once"
"Zum Abschied" = "At parting"
"O könnt' ich einmal nur" = "Oh could I only once"

1 Weingärtner: "I only once rest my weary head", more changes may exist, not noted.


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Text added to the website: 2017-06-29.
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