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Wenn alle untreu werden

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wenn alle untreu werden,
So bleib' ich dir [doch]1 treu;
Daß Dankbarkeit auf Erden
Nicht ausgestorben sey.
Für mich umfing dich Leiden,
Vergingst für mich in Schmerz;
Drum geb' ich dir mit Freuden
Auf ewig dieses Herz.

Oft muß ich bitter weinen,
daß du gestorben bist,
Und mancher von den Deinen
Dich lebenslang vergißt.
Von Liebe nur durchdrungen
Hast du so viel gethan,
Und doch bist du verklungen,
Und keiner denkt daran.

Du stehst voll treuer Liebe
Noch immer jedem bey;
Und wenn dir keiner bliebe,
So bleibst du dennoch treu;
Die treuste Liebe sieget,
Am Ende fühlt man sie,
Weint bitterlich und schmieget
Sich kindlich an dein Knie. 

Ich habe dich empfunden,
O! lasse nicht von mir;
Laß innig mich verbunden
Auf ewig seyn mit dir.
Einst schauen meine Brüder
Auch wieder himmelwärts,
Und sinken liebend nieder,
Und fallen dir ans Herz.


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Confirmed with Novalis Schriften. Herausgegeben von Friedrich Schlegel und Ludwig Tieck. Zweiter Theil. Berlin, 1802- In der Buchhandlung der Realschule, pages 136-137; with Novalis Schriften. Herausgegeben von Ludwig Tieck und Fr. Schlegel. Dritte Auflage. Zweiter Theil. Berlin, 1815. In der Realschulbuchhandlung, pages 28-29; and with Novalis Schriften. Kritische Neuausgabe auf Grund des handschriftlichen Nachlasses von Ernst Heilborn. Erster Theil. 1901. Druck und Verlag von Georg Reimer Berlin, page 334.

First published in Musen-Almanach für das Jahr 1802. Herausgegeben von A. W. Schlegel und L. Tieck. Tübingen, in der Cotta'schen Buchhandlung, 1802, pages 200-202.

1 Schubert: "noch"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Peter Rastl [Guest Editor]


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When all become unfaithful

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Even if everyone else is unfaithful
I will remain loyal to You,
so that gratitude on earth
will not die out.
For my sake You embraced sorrow;
for my sake You perished in agony;
thus I joyfully give You
this heart forever.

Often I must weep bitterly
because You died,
and many of Your servants
forgot You for their entire lives.
Only because You were suffused with love
did You do so much;
and yet You died
and no one thinks about it.

You stand, full of loyal love,
by every person;
and even if no one stayed for You,
You would remain true even so;
the most constant love triumphs,
for at the end, people feel it,
weep bitterly, and cluster
like children about Your knee.

I have sensed You,
O! do not leave me;
let me be inwardly linked
eternally with You.
One day my brothers will gaze
heavenwards again
and droop lovingly down
to fall upon Your heart.

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  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Friedrich von Hardenberg (1772 - 1801), as Novalis, no title, written 1799-1800, appears in Geistliche Lieder, no. 6, first published 1802 AFR CAT DUT FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Baumgartner, Felix Draeseke, Hermann Goetz, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe, Joseph Rheinberger, Franz Peter Schubert. Go to the text.


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