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Meine fröhliche Liebe hat mich verlassen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Meine fröhliche Liebe hat mich verlassen.
Ich suchte sie wieder in allen Gassen,
Sie aber lag schon weit von mir
In einem hellen Birkenwald
Und freute sich ihrer Wohlgestalt
Und reckte die Glieder lang und zier.

Dort spielt sie nun mit Elf und Nick,
Läßt über ihr schneeweiß Genick
Die langen Ringelhaare fließen,
Pflückt Enzian zum Zeitvertreib
Und läßt sich nachts den blanken Leib
Mit Mondenschein begießen.

Ich aber warte nun in Ruh,
Schließ Tür und Laden sorglich zu
Und leg mich in die kühlen Kissen.
Wenn sie der grünen Tage satt
Den Weg zurück gefunden hat,
Soll sie erst klopfen müssen.

Translation(s): ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Hermann Hesse, Sämtliche Werke, herausgegeben von Volker Michels, Band 10 Die Gedichte, bearbeitet von Peter Huber, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2002, page 51.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and 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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2007-06-02.
Last modified: 2019-01-16 13:50:28
Line count: 18
Word count: 102

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My merry love has left me

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

My merry love has left me.
I searched for her again in all the streets,
But she already lay far away from me
In a bright birch forest
And rejoiced in her comeliness
And stretched her long and delicate limbs.

There she now plays with elf and sprite,
Over her snow-white neck she allows
Her long ringlets to flow,
Picks gentians to pass the time
And at night, she lets her bare body
Be showered with moonlight.

But I now wait calmly,
I carefully close the door and the shutters
And lay my head upon the cool pillows.
When she has had enough of the green days
And has found her way back,
Then she shall first have to knock.

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Translations of title(s):
"Meine fröhliche Liebe hat mich verlassen" = "My merry love has left me"
"Meine fröhliche Liebe" = "My merry love"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962), "Meine fröhliche Liebe", written 1898 FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Richard Czelinski, Hans Gál, Casimir von Pászthory. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2019-02-04.
Last modified: 2019-02-04 10:26:35
Line count: 18
Word count: 120