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Abschied von der Welt

Language: German (Deutsch) after the French (Français)

Was nützt die mir noch zugemess'ne Zeit?
    Mein Herz erstarb für irdisches Begehren,
    Nur Leiden soll mein Schatten nicht entbehren,
    Mir blieb allein die Todesfreudigkeit.

Ihr, [meine]1 Feinde, lasst von eurem Neid:
    Mein Herz ist abgewandt der Hoheit Ehren,
    Des Schmerzes Uebermaß wird mich verzehren,
    Bald geht mit mir zu Grabe Haß und Streit.

Ihr Freunde, die ihr mein gedenkt in Liebe,
    Erwägt und glaubt, daß ohne Kraft und Glück
    Kein gutes Werk mir zu vollenden bliebe.

So wünscht mir bess're Tage nicht zurück,
    Und weil ich schwer gestrafet [ward]2 hienieden,
    Erfleht mir meinen Theil am ew'gen Frieden.

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Confirmed with Rose und Distel, Poesien aus England und Schottland, übertragen von Giesbert Freiherrn Vincke, Dessau, Druck und Verlag von Gebrüder Katz, 1853, page 36.

1 omitted by Schumann
2 Schumann: "werd'"

Submitted by Ted Perry


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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Afscheid van de wereld (Fotheringhay)", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Farewell from the world", subtitle: "By Mary Stuart. [original in] French.", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-14.
Last modified: 2015-03-20 20:07:20
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Word count: 98

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Farewell from the world

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Of what use is the time still allotted to me?
    My heart is dead to all earthly desires,
    I am shadowed by nothing but suffering,
    All that remains to me is looking forward to death.

You, [my]1 enemies, leave off your envy:
    My heart has turned away from the honours of a high station,
    An excess of pain shall consume me,
    Soon hate and contention shall pass with me into a grave.

You friends who remember me lovingly,
    Reflect and believe that without strength and good fortune
    No good work remained for me to complete.

So do not wish for the return of better times,
    And since I [was]2 sorely tried here on earth,
    Beseech [God to grant] me my portion of eternal peace.

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Subtitle: "By Mary Stuart. [original in] French."

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1 omitted by Schumann
2 Schumann: "am being"


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Text added to the website: 2015-03-20.
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