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Wie lang' nur willst Du klingen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Wie lang' nur willst Du klingen,
    Du feines Zitherspiel?
Wonach doch mußt Du ringen,
    Hat Jedes ja sein Ziel.
Es klingt zu Lieb' dem Sänger,
    So lang' er singen will,
Und singt einst der nicht länger,
    Wird auch die Zither still.
Ist dann vorbei das Klingen,
    Fällt wohl dem Wandrer ein:
Man hört ja nicht mehr singen;
    Er muß gestorben sein.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Friedrich de La Motte-Fouqué, Alwin: ein Roman in zwei Bänden von Pellegrin, Zweiter Band, Berlin: bei Friedrich Braunes 1808, pages 222-223

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "The solitary singer", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2016-02-25.
Last modified: 2016-02-25 15:22:41
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