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O danke nicht für diese Lieder

Language: German (Deutsch)

O danke nicht für diese Lieder,
Mir ziemt es dankbar dir zu sein;
[Du gabst sie mir]1, ich gebe wieder,
Was [jetzt und einst]2 und ewig dein.

Dein sind sie alle ja gewesen;
Aus deiner lieben Augen Licht
Hab ich sie treulich abgelesen:
Kennst du die eignen Lieder nicht?

Translation(s): CAT ENG

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1 Dresel: "Dein sind sie ja"
2 Dresel: "einst und jetzt"

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):

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Barbara Miller) , title 1: "Dedication", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:43
Line count: 8
Word count: 49

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

O do not thank me for these songs,
It is seemly for me to be thankful to you;
You give them to me, I give back,
What is now and once and ever yours.
Yours have they all been;
in your dear eyes light
Have I truly read them:
Do you not know your own songs?

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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by (Karl) Wolfgang Müller von Königswinter (1816 - 1873), first published 1841 CAT
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Wilhelm Baumgartner, August Bungert, Gerard Bunk, Otto Dresel, Robert Franz, Ludwig Hartmann, Camillo Horn, Charles Edward Ives, Friedrich Gustav Jansen, Max Lippold, Richard Metzdorff, Albert Quinche. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2004-12-23.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:11
Line count: 8
Word count: 56