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Liebe findet schnell die Worte

Language: German (Deutsch)

Liebe findet schnell die Worte,
Wenn sie einsam sehnend geht,
Liebe die am rechten [Orte]1
Ganz zur Unzeit stille steht,
Alles weiss sie sich zu sagen
[Und sie baut ihr ganzes Glück,]2
Nichts vergisset sie zu fragen,
Nur die Antwort bleibt zurück.
Bricht die lang ersehnte Stunde
Endlich wunderbar herein,
Liegt ein Schloß vor ihrem [Munde]3
Und sie [fragt] 4 nicht Ja noch Nein;
Alles ist hinab getauchet
[Nur ihr süßer Name nicht,] 2
Eh' die Lippe: Liebe! hauchet
[Tönt] 5 es Liebe was sie spricht.
Liebe läßt sich still genügen,
Braucht zu Worten wenig Zeit,
Trinkt in vollen [Lebenszügen]6
Ihre seel'ge Ewigkeit.
Liebe fragt nach weiter Keinen,
[Liebe kennt nur ihrer zwei,]2
Und was die als drittes meinen
Ist nur immer sie dabei.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with: Die Sängerfahrt. Eine Neujahrsgabe für Freunde der Dichtkunst und Mahlerey,gesammelt von Friedrich Förster, Berlin: in der Maurerschen Buchhandlung, 1818, pages 119-120.

Note: the published song by Lang erroneously attributes this text to "Brecht" but the poet given in the table of contents is "Gottwalt".
1 Lang: "Ort"
2 omitted by Lang
3 Lang: "Mund"
4 Lang: "spricht"
5 Lang: "Ist"
6 Lang: "Lebens-Züg'n"

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

  • by Josephine Lang (1815 - 1880), "Lied", op. 6 (Vier deutsche Lieder) no. 2, published <<1838 [voice and piano], note: first published in München (Munich) by F. A. Schäffer without an opus number; designated in 1867 as opus 6 [
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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Song", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-11-10.
Last modified: 2015-10-30 22:54:38
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Word count: 124

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Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Love quickly finds words
When it walks alone and in longing,
Love which [near the beloved]
Is struck mute in the most untimely fashion.
It knows everything to say to itself,
[And it creates its own complete happiness,]1
It forgets to ask nothing.
Only the answer is held back.
If the long-awaited hour
Finally and magically comes,
Then it is as if a lock is upon [love's] lips
And it [asks]2 neither yes nor no.
Everything is sunk into the depths,
[Only [love’s] sweet name is not.]1
Before the lips can breathe love
It is love that [rings out when]1 they speak.
Love is quietly satisfied,
Needs little time for words.
It drinks its blessed eternity
In great draughts of life.
Love does not care about anyone else
[Love only knows the two of them]1
And what others imagine to be a threesome [lover, beloved and love itself]
Is actually always love alone.

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1 omitted by Lang
2 Lang: "says"


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Text added to the website: 2006-11-10.
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