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O Blätter, dürre Blätter!

Language: German (Deutsch)

[O]1 Blätter, dürre Blätter!
Wie trauert ihr so sehr!
Als ihr noch gabet grünen Schein --
Da war mein lieber Schatz noch mein,
Den hab' ich nimmermehr.

O Blätter, dürre Blätter!
Ihr habt ihn oft gesehn,
[Wie]2 er [mir Treu versprochen]3 hat -
Ach! kann [denn]4 Liebe wie ein Blatt
In einem Jahr vergehn?

O Blätter, dürre Blätter!
Es war ein falscher Knab';
Euch klag' ich es, ihr schweiget still,
Weil ich sonst niemand sagen will,
Wie lieb' ich ihn noch hab'!

Translation(s): ENG

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1 Stiehl: "Ihr"; Worms: "Ach" - further changes for both may exist not noted.
2 Zemlinsky: "Wann"
3 Hiller: "so heiss geküsst mich"
4 Zemlinsky: "die"

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , "O leaves, withered leaves", copyright ©

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:45
Line count: 15
Word count: 81

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O leaves, withered leaves

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

 O leaves, withered leaves!
 How very mournful you are!
 When you still had a green gleam,
 my dear treasure still was mine -
 he whom I have no longer.
 O leaves, withered leaves!
 You had seen him so often,
 when he promised to be true -
 alas! can Love, like a leaf,
 pass away in only one year?
 O leaves, withered leaves!
 He was a false boy;
 If I lament to you, you will keep silent,
 for I will tell no one else
 how much I love him still.

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by (Karl) Ludwig Pfau (1821 - 1894), no title, appears in Stimmen, in Mädchenlieder, no. 11
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Franz Wilhelm Abt, Arthur Altmann, Gottfried Angerer, Gustav Eggers, Edgar Hansen, Franciscus Johannes van der Heijden, Wilhelm Hill, Ferdinand von Hiller, Gustav Hölzel, Carl Isenmann, Hugo Wilhelm Ludwig Kaun, Heinrich Kirchner, Richard Kleinmichel, Eberhard von Lüneburg, Wilhelm Maase, Agathe Mallachow, Richard Mandl, F. Muetzell, Walter Rabl, Max Renner, Andreas Schaeffer, August Scharrer, Xaver Scharwenka, Wilhelm Schauseil, Friedrich Siebmann, Heinrich Stiehl, Ernst Strube, J. H. Stuckenschmidt, Albert Theodor Töpken, Severin Warteresiewicz, Julius Wengert, Nicolai von Wilm, Hans Worms, Richard Ferdinand Würst, Karl Zeller, Alexander Zemlinsky. Go to the text.


Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:45
Line count: 15
Word count: 90