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The kiss, dear maid, thy lip has left

Language: English

The kiss, dear maid, thy lip has left,
Shall never part from mine,
Till happier hours restore the gift
Untainted back to thine.

Thy parting glance, which fondly beams,
An equal love, may see;
[That]1 tear that from thine eyelid streams
Can weep no change in me.

I ask no pledge to make me blest
In gazing when alone;
Nor one memorial for a breast
Whose thoughts are all thine own.

Nor need I write - to tell the tale
My pen were doubly weak:
Oh! What can idle words avail,
Unless the heart could speak?

By day or night, in weal or woe,
[That]2 heart, no longer free,
Must bear the love it cannot show,
And silent ache for thee.

Translation(s): DUT FRE FRE FRE GER ITA

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L. Beethoven sets stanzas 1-3, 5

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1 Beethoven: "The"
2 Beethoven: "This"

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)

Settings in other languages:

  • Also set in Italian (Italiano), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown DUT GER FRE FRE by A. M. C. Patti.
  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown DUT GER ITA by A. M. C. Patti.
  • Also set in Dutch (Nederlands), a translation by Nicolaas Beets (1814 - 1903) , title 1: "Afscheid" GER FRE ITA FRE by Lodewijk Mortelmans.

Other available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Der Scheidekuß von deinem Mund"
  • FRE French (Français) (Isabelle Cecchini) , title 1: "Le baiser, chère enfant, que ta lèvre a laissé", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Alexis Paulin Pâris) , title 1: "Le départ"

Text added to the website: 2005-01-12.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:11
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Word count: 121

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