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O cruel was my father

Language: English

O cruel was my father
That shut the door on me.
And cruel was my mother
That such a thing could see.
And cruel is the wintry wind
That chills my heart with cold.
But crueler than all, the lad,
That left my love for gold.
Hush, hush, my lovely Baby,
And warm thee in my breast.
Ah! Little thinks thy father
How sadly we're distrest,
For cruel as he is,
Did he know but how we fare,
He'd shield me in his arms
From this bitter piercing air.

Cold, cold, my dearest jewel!
Thy little life is gone!
O let my tears receive thee,
So warm that trickle down!
My tears that gush so warm,
Oh, they freeze before they fall,
Ah, wretched, wretched mother
Thou art now bereft of all!
Then down she sunk despairing
Upon the drifted snow,
And, wrung with killing anguish,
Lamented loud her woe.
She kiss'd her baby's pale lips
And laid by her side;
Then cast her eyes to heaven,
Then bow'd her head, and died.

Translation(s): GER

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "O cruel was my father", op. 108 (25 schottische Lieder mit Begleitung von Pianoforte, Violine und Violoncello) no. 15 (1815). [voice, violin, violoncello, piano] [
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "O grausam war mein Vater"

Text added to the website: 2004-08-18.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:10
Line count: 32
Word count: 173

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