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Gedenkst du mein, wenn du mit reinen...

Language: German (Deutsch)

Gedenkst du mein, wenn du mit reinen Blicken
Hinausstrebst in die dunkle Nacht?
Ich denke dein; und, kann mich was erquicken,
So ist’s nur, weil ich Dein gedacht.
Gedenkst du mein, wenn dir die Thränen kommen?
Mein Leben ist ein stilles Ach;
Die Freude draus ward mir mit dir genommen,
Und nur der Schmerz ist ewig wach.
Gedenkst du mein, wenn dir die Pulse stocken
Im Kampf des Lebens?  Zage nicht!
Der Lorbeer grünt so schön um braune Locken,
Wenn auch das Herz im Busen bricht.
Gedenkst du mein, wenn Freude dir im Herzen
Manchmal die alten Saiten rührt?
So wunderbar sind, ach, der Liebe Schmerzen,
Daß man sie fast wie Freuden spürt.
Gedenkst du mein?  Du hast es mir versprochen,
Und darum1 lebt’ ich bisher fort, --
Getrost.  Denn, hättest du dein Wort gebrochen,
Wär’ [mehr]2 gebrochen, als ein Wort.
Gedenkst du mein?  Ich weiß:  Du hast’s gehalten;
Und Seel’ um Seele längst sich schlingt
Mit Allgewalt, bis auch von den Gestalten
Der Eisenreif des Schicksals springt.

Translation(s): ENG

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J. Lang sets stanzas 1-2, 5

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Unpublished poem, dated December 12/13, [1840].

Confirmed with: Christian Reinhold Köstlin’s poetry manuscripts, Z 2704, [129.], Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.

1 Lang inserts "ja"
2 When the text is repeated in Lang’s song: "mehr wohl" and “ja mehr wohl”

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)

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

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-11-21.
Last modified: 2016-04-19 21:28:54
Line count: 24
Word count: 167

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Do you think of me when, with pure gaze

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Do you think of me when, with pure gaze,
You strive out into the dark night?
I think of you; and if anything can refresh me,
It is only because I thought of you.
Do you think of me when the tears come?
My life is a quiet sigh;
Happiness was taken from me when you were taken from me,
And only pain is eternally vigilant.
Do you think of me when your heart skips a beat
In the battle of life?  Do not despair!
The green of the laurel is so beautiful around brown curls,
Even if the heart breaks within your breast.
Do you think of me when joy sometimes
Stirs the heartstrings of yore?
The pains of love are, ah, so wondrous
That often one almost perceives them as happiness.
Do you think of me?  You promised to,
And that is why1 I have been able to continue living until now, --
Secure. For if you had broken your word,
[More]1 would have been broken than just a promise.
Do you think of me?  I know: You have kept your word;
And our two souls have long powerfully
Entwined themselves, awaiting the time when from our bodies as well
The encircling iron ring of fate shall burst.

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Translation of title "Gedenkst du mein" = "Do you think of me"
1 Lang inserts "of course"
2 When the text is repeated in Lang’s song: "more well" and "yes more well"


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Based on
  • a text in German (Deutsch) by Christian Reinhold (1813 - 1856), no title, written [1840]
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Josephine Lang. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2006-11-21.
Last modified: 2016-04-19 21:30:25
Line count: 24
Word count: 209