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Trauer der Liebe

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wo die Taub' in stillen Buchen
Ihren Tauber sich erwählt,
Wo sich Nachtigallen suchen,
Und die Rebe sich vermählt;
Wo die Bäche sich vereinen,
Gieng ich oft mit leichtem Scherz,
Gieng ich oft mit bangem Weinen;
Suchte mir ein liebend Herz.

O, da gab die finstre Laube
Leisen Trost im Abendschein;
O, da kam ein süßer Glaube
Mit dem Morgenglanz im Hain;
Da vernahm ichs in dem Winden;
Ihr Geflüster lehrte mich:
Daß ich suchen sollt', und finden,
Finden, holde Liebe! dich.

Aber ach! wo blieb auf Erden,
Holde Liebe, deine Spur?
Lieben, um geliebt zu werden,
Ist das Loos der Engel nur.
Statt der Wonne, fand ich Schmerzen,
Hieng an dem was mich verließ;
Frieden giebt den treuen Herzen
Nur ein künftig Paradieß.

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Auserlesene Lieder Von J. G. Jacobi; Herausgegeben von Johann Georg Schlosser. Basel, bei J. J. Thurneysen, dem Jüngern, 1784, pages 21-22; and with Gedichte von Johann Georg Jacobi. Zweyter Theil. Wien, 1816. Bey Ch. Kaulfuß & C. Armbruster (Meisterwerke deutscher Dichter und Prosaisten. Siebenzehntes Bändchen), pages 46-47.

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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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , "El dol de l'amor", copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Liefdesklacht", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Mourning for love", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Deuil de l'amour", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Mourning for love

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

In the quiet beech trees where the doves
Select their doves,
Where the nightingales look for each other
And the vines pair up;
Where the little rivers unite,
I often went there with a sense of fun,
I often went there with anxious tears;
I was trying to find a loving heart.

Oh, it was there that the dark foliage gave
Gentle consolation in the evening light;
Oh, it was there that a sweet belief emerged
With the morning glow in the grove;
It was there that I heard it in the winds;
Their whispering taught me
That I should seek and find,
Find you, beauteous love!

But oh! where on earth has it remained
Where has any trace of you remained, beauteous love?
Loving, in order to be loved in return,
Is just the lot of angels.
Instead of bliss, I found pain,
I hung on to what had left me;
Faithful hearts are granted peace
Only in a future paradise.

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