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Nur den Abschied schnell genommen

Language: German (Deutsch)

Nur den Abschied schnell genommen,
Nicht gezaudert, nicht geklagt,
Schneller als die Thränen kommen,
Losgerissen, unverzagt.

Aus den Armen losgewunden,
Wie [dir's]1 in der Brust auch brennt,
Was im Leben sich gefunden,
Wird im Leben auch getrennt.

Sollst du tragen, mußt du tragen,
Trage nur mit festem Sinn,
Deine Seufzer, deine Klagen
Wehen in die Lüfte hin.

Soll der Schmerz dich nicht bezwingen,
So bezwinge du den Schmerz,
Und verwelkte Blüthen schlingen
Frisch sich um dein wundes Herz.

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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), "Den Abschied schnell genommen", op. 15 (Sechs deutsche Lieder) no. 1 (1838), published 1848 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Breitkopf und Härtel [
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) (Harald Krebs) , title 1: "Take farewell quickly", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Che sia rapido il congedo", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Take farewell quickly

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

Only take leave quickly,
Do not linger, do not lament,
More quickly than the tears can come,
Tear yourself away!

Disentangle yourself from [each other's] arms,
No matter how much it burns in your breast!
[Those] who have found each other in this life
Are also separated from each other in this life.

If you are destined to bear, if you must bear [pain],
Only bear it with a steadfast spirit!
Your sighs, your laments
Are wafted away in the breezes!

If pain is not to overcome you,
You must overcome pain,
And wilted flowers, refreshed, shall entwine
Themselves around your wounded heart!

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